Pelvis / Obstetrical
An ultrasound of the pelvis produces images of the configuration and organs in the pelvis (also known as the lower belly).
Types of Pelvic Ultrasound
- Vaginal – for women
- Rectal – for men
Pelvic Ultrasound helps find
- Kidney stones
- Disorders in the urinary bladder
Obstetric Ultrasound is used for monitoring of pregnant women and their unborn infants. It involves the use of high frequency sound waves to produce real time pictures of the embryo or moving fetus which is displayed on a monitor screen. Fetal movements, heat beat and measurements that are essential for the assessment of gestational age, size and growth and well being of the fetus are made from the pictures obtained. The examination is safe, painless and easy. No radiation (X-ray) is involved.
For early pregnancy ultrasound, you may be asked to have a full bladder for the exam. After the first two to three months of pregnancy, a full bladder is not always necessary for the examination.
The radiologist or sonographer may elect to examine an early pregnancy by means of transvaginal ultrasound. This technique often provides improved, more detailed pictures of the uterus, ovaries and fetus. This requires an empty urinary bladder.
You will be lying face-up on an examination table during the examination. The ultrasound technologist will apply a clear gel over your lower abdomen and then presses the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired pictures are taken.
If a transvaginal ultrasound is decided by the radiologist or sonographer, the procedure is performed similar to an internal exam that is done at your doctor’s office and is performed after emptying your bladder. A specially designed disinfected transducer will be inserted into your vagina, which allows for better visualization of your pelvic organs.
After the ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities.
The radiologist, a physician specialized in reading the images will analyse the images and send a report to your doctor, who will discuss the results with you.