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A pelvic sonogram is an examination of the female reproductive organs including the uterus, ovaries, tubes, and vagina. Limited views of the bladder, adjacent bowel and the right upper quadrant are also obtained. Typically, the examination is performed using a combination of both transabdominal and transvaginal methods..

Common Reasons to Have a Pelvic Sonogram:

  • Abnormal or heavy periods
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Ovarian cancer screening
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility
  • IUD localization
  • Pelvic infection
  • Suspected pelvic mass

What to Expect

To ensure a thorough and accurate examination, a pelvic sonogram is performed using trans- abdominal and trans-vaginal scan methods:

TRANS-ABDOMINAL SCAN: A full urinary bladder is preferable for this portion of the exam. You will remain dressed and asked to lie flat on the exam table with your lower abdomen exposed. Warm gel will be placed on your skin. The sonographer will then position an ultrasound transducer on your abdomen and use varied amounts of pressure to obtain the desired images.

TRANS-VAGINAL SCAN: 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 16 to 24 oz of water 1 hour before your scheduled appointment time and do not empty your bladder until instructed to do so.

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: