What Are Gynecology Ultrasounds?
Even if you’ve never had an ultrasound before chances are good that you know what it is. This painless, non-invasive test is one of the best ways for our OBGYNs to be able to see inside the vagina and abdomen to make sure that everything is healthy and that there aren’t any issues.
During an ultrasound, a gynecologist will either apply gel to the stomach and direct the probe over the abdomen or the probe will be placed transvaginally (inside the vagina). From there, images are produced on a screen. During a pelvic ultrasound, your gynecologist is able to examine and evaluate the health of the,
- Fallopian tubes
In some cases, an ultrasound is used to monitor the health of a developing fetus during pregnancy.
What issues can an ultrasound detect?
Along with performing routine ultrasounds during pregnancy, there are non-pregnancy-related issues that may require you to undergo a pelvic ultrasound. 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, uterine scarring, cysts, fibroids, endometrial polyps and cancer.
A transvaginal ultrasound, in which your gynecologist will gently place the probe into the vagina, will also allow your doctor to be able to better evaluate the lining and tissue within the uterus and vagina to detect certain health problems.
During a gynecological ultrasound, we will also be able to look for blockages in blood flow, narrowing blood vessels, tumors and other masses, or increased blood flow in certain areas, which could mean an infection is present.
What should I expect during an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is non-invasive and completely painless. You will change into a gown during the procedure and then lie down. Then the physician will insert the probe (also known as a transducer) transvaginally or directly over the abdomen. By measuring the echo waves (when sound waves bounce off an object) we can visibly see the shape, size and texture of the tissue, vessels and organs within the body, which can help us detect even the smallest changes in the overall shape or contour of any of these organs or soft tissue. It can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete a transvaginal ultrasound.
Since your doctor will be able to pinpoint any problems found during your ultrasound this means that you will get your results right away. We will discuss any findings with you, as well as any further evaluations you need to undergo. While an ultrasound is not part of a regular annual exam, it may be used if you are dealing with certain symptoms such as unusual bleeding or abdominal pain.
If you have questions about getting a gynecological ultrasound, or if you need to schedule an appointment with an OBGYN, call Ideal Gynecology at (470) 312-3696.