Definition: Pelvic Ultrasound is a method to look at a woman's reproductive organs, including the uterus, ovaries, and cervix. Transvaginal Ultrasound is a method of pelvic ultrasound in which the reproductive organs are looked at vaginally.
Alternative Names: Pelvic sonogram, endovaginal ultrasound
Preparation for this exam: A full bladder is necessary to get a good picture. Therefore, you need to drink at least 32oz. of water 1hr. before the ultrasound. You should not empty your bladder until after the exam.
How this exam is performed: You will lie down for this exam. A clear, water-based conducting gel will be applied to the pelvic region. A hand-held probe will then be moved over that region producing images. More commonly a Transvaginal Ultrasound is used. Our facility will look at the anatomy with a pelvic and finish with a transvaginal ultrasound.
Transvaginal Ultrasound: You will lie down for this exam with your knees bent and feet in holders called stir-ups. The ultrasound technologist will place a covered probe into the vagina. There is an ultrasonic device at the end of the probe that is used to make a more clear, magnified image compared to the pelvic ultrasound. The transvaginal ultrasound shows better detail, therefore reducing the possibility of missed abnormalities.