An order from your physician is required for this exam.
A pelvic ultrasound provides information about female uterus and ovaries. A pelvic/gynecological (transabdominal) ultrasound assists in diagnosing female conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic masses such as fibroids, masses of the lining(endometrium) of the uterus, ovarian cysts/mass or pelvic pain. A transvaginal ultrasound is routinely done in addition to the pelvic ultrasound in women over the age of 18 or if indicated.
A full bladder is required for the transabdominal pelvic ultrasound. You will need to drink at least 4 (8oz.) glasses of fluid about 1 hour prior to exam. Do not empty your bladder before you are instructed to by the sonographer.
A transvaginal ultrasound may be indicated and is performed with a empty bladder. A transvaginal probe with a sterile probe cover, will be placed into your vagina to obtain images of your uterus and ovaries.
You will need to be able to transfer to exam bed with minimal assistance.