Whenever our providers need the assistance of ultrasound imaging to help ascertain the underlying cause of a gynecological issue, our patients find it most convenient to have that service provided right here in our offices. The generated ultrasound images are then transmitted to our notable local radiology group, Radiology Associates of Tallahassee, for reliable interpretation. This relationship results in quick and smooth reporting so you can obtain your results in a timely fashion.
A pelvic ultrasound examines the pelvic organs, including the uterus, endometrium (the lining of the uterus), cervix, and ovaries. Most pelvic ultrasounds are performed using both transabdominal and transvaginal approaches.
Transabdominal ultrasound is an external scan of your lower abdomen. This requires a full bladder, which allows for better visualization of organs. Transabdominal ultrasound usually provides an overview of the pelvis rather than detailed images. This is particularly helping for examining large pelvic masses extending into the abdomen, which are not always well viewed via transvaginal ultrasound.
Transvaginal ultrasound is an internal ultrasound. It involves scanning with the ultrasound probe inside the vagina. Transvaginal ultrasound produces better and clearer images of the female pelvic organs, because the ultrasound probe lies closer to these structures.
We get better images during transabdominal ultrasound if the bladder is filled. For your examination, we ask you to drink water prior to your appointment. Drink at least 24 ounces of non-carbonated beverage (preferably water) 1-2 hours before the scan. A full bladder moves the bowel out from the pelvis into the abdomen, providing a better view of the uterus and ovaries. You will be able to empty your bladder following the transabdominal ultrasound and before the transvaginal ultrasound begins.
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