What Are Gynecology Ultrasounds or Pelvic Ultrasounds?
Even if you’ve never had an ultrasound before chances are good that you know what it is. A sonogram and an ultrasound are the same thing. This painless, non-invasive test is one of the best ways for to be able to see your pelvic organs.
How does an ultrasound work?
Ultrasounds measure sound waves bouncing off an object. The sound waves travel best through liquid, which is why we want you to start with a full bladder. The ultrasound image can help us detect changes in the shape or contour of your uterine muscle, uterine lining or ovaries.
In some cases, an ultrasound is used to monitor the health of a developing fetus during pregnancy.
What issues can an ultrasound detect?
An ultrasound can be instrumental in detecting the root cause of abnormal bleeding, menstrual issues or pelvic pain. During an exam, we can also detect issues such as anomalies, cysts, fibroids, endometrial polyps and cancer.
Ultrasound is also used for procedures such a sonohysterogram to check for masses inside the uterine cavity and Femvue to see if your fallopian tubes are open.
What should I expect during an ultrasound?
For most ultrasounds, we would like to arrive at the office with a full bladder or arrive thirty minutes before your appointment time to start drinking water at the office. During an ultransound, our ultrasonographer will apply gel to your lower abdomen and place the probe over your abdomen. After getting informaton about your pelvis from the abdominal images, you will be asked to empty your bladder. The second stage is a vaginal probe, placed gently inside the vagina. This allows the probe to be closer to your inner pelvic organs. From there, images are produced on a screen. During a pelvic ultrasound, we are able to examine and evaluate the health of the:
- Fallopian tubes
If you have questions about getting a gynecological ultrasound, or if you need to schedule an appointment with a women's health specialist, call Ideal Gynecology at (470) 312-3696. You can also schedule on line at doctors.piedmont.org Lillian Schapiro and doctors.piedmont.org Kathryn Garren.