3d transvaginal ultrasound


3D ultrasound imaging is performed as part of our routine pelvic sonogram. 3D ultrasound enables us to obtain views of the uterus and ovaries that are not possible with a basic 2D ultrasound scan. Additionally, the use of 3D by an experienced sonographer reduces patient discomfort and length of the examination.

Advanced Sonograms of Alaska is the only facility in Alaska that is accredited for the use of 3D imaging by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM.)

Common conditions that are better assessed with 3D ultrasound:

  • Infertility
  • IUD localization
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Endometrial polyps
  • Ovarian tumors
  • Fibroids
  • Congenital uterine anomaly

-There is no additional cost for 3D evaluation.

What to Expect

You will be lying on an exam table, modestly draped from the waist down. The sonographer will ask you to insert the ultrasound transducer into the vagina, or if preferred, you may ask the sonographer to do so for you. The vaginal probe will remain in the vagina for approximately 10 minutes. A female will either perform the exam or assist a male sonographer throughout the exam. The procedure is not painful unless you are experiencing abnormal tenderness at the time.

The transvaginal transducer is covered with a NON-LATEX sheath.

Exam Preparation

Begin drinking 24 oz of WATER 1 ½ hours before your scheduled appointment time. Finish drinking within 30 minutes (1 hour before your appointment) and do not empty your bladder until instructed. Example: If your appointment is at 2:00, begin drinking 24oz of water at 12:30, and have it finished by 1:00.

If your bladder becomes unbearably full while waiting for your exam, it is ok to partially empty your bladder to relieve pressure.

How is the Transvaginal Probe Disinfected?

We use the latest advancement in High Level Ultrasound Transducer Disinfection. Trophon EPR is an automated system that is the most effective, safest and environmentally friendly method to disinfect ultrasound transducers. View this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgK9N1Z2NU0#t=29