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How Safe Is Transvaginal Ultrasound During Pregnancy
Pretty Safe: Assuming that the membranes are intact (water not broken), there should be no significant risks. In the case of ruptured membranes the same precautions should be used as for an internal exam. Labial prep and sterile probe cover. ...Read more
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
Could I have concieved four weeks ago (6 wks gestation) and still not see a gestational sac on transvaginal ultrasound? Also with a beta of 627?
If your cycles are irregular, you may be slightly off on dates. A pregnancy should be seen by 5 weeks and a beta of 1000, so I would suggest a followup transvaginal ultrasound a week after the prior one. If no pregnancy is seen at that point, then some concern would arise regarding the viability of your pregnancy. Please follow closely with your OB until the issue is cleared up.
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Can a transvaginal ultrasound miss an early preganancy or urine test? I went to the ER and doctor say everything look good no preggo.
Are vaginal ultrasounds safe during early pregnancy? Can they cause miscarriage? Had mild cramping for a day after getting one done and it scared me.
Same as in any...: The risk of catching something is the same as in any other medical office visit... meaning there could be another patient in the waiting room with cold or flu symptoms, and thus cough or sneeze viruses into the air that others in the same waiting room end up breathing in. Thus, wear a mask if worried. Also, avoid catching germs in restrooms. Ultrasound scans themselves don't transmit diseases. ...Read more
Gynecology question: What are the benefits of having transvaginal ultrasound during heavy period, as compared to without period?
Questionable/unclear: The discomfort and inconvenience to you as well as the possibility of "confusing artifacts" for the sonographer, created by the presence of blood and menstrual material in your cervix and endometrium would seem to outweigh any potential benefit of "having a transvaginal ultrasound during heavy period". Asking your doctor directly for a rationale should help answer your concern. ...Read more
What could cause a "fullness" in the right ovary region. Was told this during pap. Will have a transvaginal ultrasound later this month.?
Usually cyclic cyst: The most common reason for fullness in the right adnexae for someone your age would be a cyclic cyst that is part of your menstrual cycle. These cyst usually rupture when the ovary releases an egg in mid cycle. Other things to consider are infection, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, and tumor. If you are otherwise free of symptoms if might well disappear by the time you get the sono. ...Read more
Thin u/s inserted: Routine female pelvic ultrasound has two portions to the exam. The exam starts with a full bladder and scanning with a fan shaped ultrasound (u/s) probe over the lower abdomen and pubic area. Then the pt is asked to empty her bladder and then a thin long u/s probe is inserted into the vagina for additional pictures. This portion is important and significantly improves parts of the evaluation. ...Read more
During a transvaginal ultrasound how can you tell which side is your left and which is the right when looking at the screen and vice versa for reg one?
Left is right: All radiology cross sectional exams are viewed if you are looking at someone laying down from the foot of the bed. So the left side of the screen is the right side of the patients body (same as if you were looking at someone facing you). The ultrasonographer should label the sides with a right or left annotation. ...Read more
I had sex last thursday during my fertile period, can I check a week after through transvaginal ultrasound that I conceived?
During the 3rd day of my period doctor did transvaginal ultrasound and said I have a thick lining. What does it mean?
Thick endometrium: Lining of the uterus is the same as endometrium. He might consider endometrial pathologies like fibroids or uterine polyps causing a thick endometrium. ...Read more
If tight and uncomfortable during Pap test because haven't had sex. Would you suggest transvaginal ultrasound to check fibroid or something else?
Need more info: If you have never had sex, there would be no need for PAP. If you have had sex then your experience at a future opportunity is likely to be similar to your earlier experience. The "tightness" is more likely an emotional response as fibroids are not usually associated with "tightness" ...Read more
5 wks: By 5 wks you can see a gestational sac. By 6 weeks you can see a pole with a heartbeat. ...Read more
I had a transvaginal ultrasound on 14 sept 2012. The doctor told me I am 7 weeks 1 d. Based off of this when is my most likely date of conception?
Of What?: Of a tight, intact hymen? Yes it can. The vagina? If the examiner suddenly thought she or he was churning butter, or had a severe seizure during the exam then it might happen but I never saw such an occurrence. ...Read more
Different probe: Pelvic ultrasound can be performed over the lower abdomen. However, there is also a vaginal "probe" which can be inserted into the outer vagina (about an inch). It is smaller than the regular ultrasound transducer/scanner. This allows for much better imaging of the female pelvis (uterus/ovaries). It is very commonly done; it should not be painful. ...Read more
Ultrasound dating: First trimester ultrasound is accurate within 5-7 days. There is no test that can date conception more accurately than a 1 week window. ...Read more
Yes.: In a virgin, the entrance of the probe is slightly painful. After entry, it does not hurt. Most of the pain comes out of the spasm of the muscles because of fear. The more you relax the less painful it is to do the ultrasound in a virgin. ...Read more
Yes: Regular ultrasound has a bigger "field of view" so may better see ovaries that are positioned higher or things that are near, but outside of uterus and ovaries. Transvag us usually obtains a more detailed view of uterus and ovaries, which is why both are usually performed together. ...Read more
Venous: It usually means that the veins in the pelvis are full or "backed up." this can result in pain, a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome which is treated in interventional radiology. ...Read more
Probably not: 22y female asks if endometriosis, EM, is detectable by "transvaginal ultrasound". Since EM is a theoretical clinical disease in search of a diagnostic benchmark, the answer is "probably no". Let's see what the experts have to say. Pathologists I have spoken to have not confirmed that tissue diagnosis is definitive. Be wary of invasive procedures which incite adhesions & "EM" & IBS-like symptoms. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
An ultrasound is an imaging study in which a probe emits and receives sound waves which rebound off of internal organs in order to visualize them. For a transvaginal ultrasound a specially designed probe is lubricated and placed into the vagina in order to better ...Read more
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