A gynecological ultrasound is a painless, noninvasive imaging test that uses sound waves to create images of the internal reproductive structures, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Health care providers use gynecological ultrasound to diagnose gynecologic problems.
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Reasons for Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
A gynecological ultrasound is often used to look for the causes of:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Menstrual problems
- Pelvic pain or discomfort
Because gynecologic ultrasound helps health care providers “see” inside the body, it is used to diagnose and evaluate:
What to Expect During Transvaginal Ultrasound & Pelvic Ultrasound at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Gynecological ultrasound is performed in either a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican clinic or hospital. During the exam, you will lie on your back. You may be asked to wear a gown.
There are two types of gynecological ultrasounds:
- Transvaginal ultrasound. During a transvaginal ultrasound, your feet may be placed in stirrups, as during a pap smear or pap test. A technician will insert a special ultrasound probe into your vagina. The tip of the probe will be covered with a condom-like sheath and lubricated. This type of ultrasound is used to check the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
- Pelvic ultrasound or transabdominal ultrasound. For this procedure, you will need to expose your pelvic area and lower abdomen. The technician will apply ultrasound gel to the area and then move the ultrasound probe over it. You may be asked to drink water before the exam to fill your bladder. A full bladder can make it easier to evaluate and identify internal structures. Pelvic ultrasound is used to check the bladder, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the spaces in between those organs.
You may have both ultrasounds performed during the same exam, depending on your situation. There are no known risks of ultrasound because it uses sound waves instead of radiation (X-rays). You may experience some slight discomfort during the procedure if you need to have a full bladder for the test.
A gynecological ultrasound takes about 30 minutes. You may be able to see your ovaries and uterus on the monitor during the exam. You may get the results of the ultrasound that day or during a later appointment with your health care provider.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers gynecological ultrasound in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.