A pelvic ultrasound is a safe and painless test that uses sound waves to
make images of the pelvis. During the examination, an ultrasound machine
sends sound waves into the pelvic area and images are recorded on a computer.
The images show the internal structures of the pelvis, such as the bladder,
and in females, the ovaries, uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes.
What to Bring
- Your physician order (your physician may have already sent this to us)
- Personal ID
- Insurance Card
How to Prepare
- You will need to drink 32oz of water one hour prior to the appointment time.
- In an emergency situation, you may be given fluids through an intravenous
catheter (IV) or through a urinary catheter to help fill the bladder.
- If you have a history of pelvic problems, you should inform the technologist.
- If you wear an on-body device (insulin pump, insulin regulators, Neulasta,
other chemo/insulin devices, etc), you must inform your x-ray technologist.
Some of these devices cannot be in the room during the exam.
- No risks are associated with a pelvic ultrasound. Unlike X-rays, radiation
is not involved with this test.
What to Expect
- You may be asked to remove clothes and to wear a gown during your exam.
- The room is usually dark so the images can be seen clearly on the computer screen.
- During the exam you will be asked to lie on a table.
- Warm gel will be placed over the lower abdomen over the pelvic area. This
will help with the transmission of the sound waves.
- You may feel slight pressure on the lower abdomen as the transducer is
moved. You may be asked to lie in different positions or hold your breath
briefly as images are obtained.
- After initial images, you will be asked to empty your bladder and scanning
- In females, a transvaginal ultrasound may be part of your exam. The transducer
will be covered with a latex free cover and sterile gel will be applied.
The transducer will be inserted into the vaginal canal by you or our technologist.
The sonographer will move the transducer to obtain images. You will feel
pressure and in some cases mild discomfort. This should go away once the
procedure is complete.
- Please allow 60 minutes from registration to completion of test.
Getting the Results
- A radiologist (a doctor who is specially trained in reading and interpreting
diagnostic and ultrasound images) will interpret the ultrasound results
and send the information to your provider.
Screening Forms for this Test:
- Transvaginal Ultrasound Acknowledgement Waiver