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My doctor sent me to the hospital to take a pelvic ultrasound. Why do they scan from inside the vagina?

My doctor sent me to the hospital to take a pelvic ultrasound. Why do they scan from inside the vagina?

Closer to organs: Since the uterus and ovaries are usually low in the pelvis, looking at them through the vagina means the probe is close to them and therefore gets a better image. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

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


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I had a pelvic ultrasound and many other tests done yesterday at the hospital. The doctors examined me and said it's Severe Bacterial Vaginosis.?

I had a pelvic ultrasound and many other tests done yesterday at the hospital. The doctors examined me and said it's Severe Bacterial Vaginosis.?

Vaginal Infection: Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is basically an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina--it can usually have a 'fishy ' odor and possibly a milky discharge. Antibiotics are the treatment. BV is not diagnosed with ultrasound so I am not sure why that was done. ...Read more

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Hello, for a Pelvic Ultrasound do the ultrasonographers insert a transducer probe into your vagina? Even if you have never had sex?

Hello, for a Pelvic Ultrasound do the ultrasonographers insert a transducer probe into your vagina? Even if you have never had sex?

Not necessarily: Pelvic ultrasound can be done via a trans abdominal probe, this typically requires a full bladder for the study. An endovaginal ultrasound is done via a probe inserted in the vaginal, sometimes this may be possible even if the patient has never had sex, however, it may be uncomfortable. Endovaginal studies typically offer better information depending on the clinical situation. ...Read more

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What is the average amount of time it takes to get male pelvic ultrasound results from your doctor?

What is the average amount of time it takes to get male pelvic ultrasound results from your doctor?

Typically: The results are available from the radiologist to the doctor within 24 hours. There is variability in how long it takes for the doctor's office to inform patients of results. ...Read more

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Had a pelvic ultrasound done tuesday at a hospital that's "out of network" for my drs office. Its friday. I'm out of town, but wondering if they should have the results in yet?

Had a pelvic ultrasound done tuesday at a hospital that's "out of network" for my drs office. Its friday. I'm out of town, but wondering if they should have the results in yet?

Should: That is always a hard one to answer. There are always extenuating curcumstances that will delay a report. But the long and short of it is they should. ...Read more

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Severe ab cramps, fainted, dizziness, hospital pelvic ultrasound showed ovarian apoplexy. 5 days, still in pain, tender abs. Back to hospital?

Severe ab cramps, fainted, dizziness, hospital pelvic ultrasound showed ovarian apoplexy. 5 days, still in pain, tender abs. Back to hospital?

When to go back: This is a great question for an OB provider.

It may be that the soreness lasts for a while. Going back to the hospital would not stop this.

But you should go back if you have fevers, or if you cannot eat, or breathe, or if the pain has become much worse. They may need to check you again. ...Read more

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Doctor said more fluid than normal in pelvic ultrasound and "ruptured cyst cannot be ruled out) but didn't seem worried. What could be the reason?

Doctor said more fluid than normal in pelvic ultrasound and "ruptured cyst cannot be ruled out) but didn't seem worried. What could be the reason?

Suspicious for cyst: Fluid present on an ultrasound can be secondary to a recent cyst and is generally nothing to be alarmed about, but these findings must be considered in the context of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm new to the medical system here. I had Pap test in Nov, pelvic ultrasound in Dec. I don't know the result yet. Do I call to office or doc call me?

I'm new to the medical system here. I had Pap test in Nov, pelvic ultrasound in Dec. I don't know the result yet. Do I call to office or doc call me?

Call the doctor: If no word from the doctor 2 weeks after a test, one can call the doctor's office, because the results are surely back at the office by then. If the doctor uses electronic medical records, one may be able to look at the results online, if one has registered for online access. ...Read more

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My doctor referred me to do a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. What is this for?

My doctor referred me to do a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. What is this for?

Assess uterus/pelvis: Your physician would order such a test for imaging of your ovaries, uterus, tubes (or all female pelvic organs). Please discuss with your doctor what the indication and anticipated information is. It is a very safe and painless test that may cause some discomfort due to the insertion of a vaginal probe. ...Read more

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I just went to the doctor, he told my my pelvic ultrasound showed I had a blood clot. I'm very confused. Is this bad? Why does this happen

I just went to the doctor, he told my my pelvic ultrasound showed I had a blood clot. I'm very confused. Is this bad? Why does this happen

Yes: Blood clot in pelvis is unusual and usually because of obstruction/coagulopathy related to a. ........malignant process. Not knowing your age and associated medical condition.....it is difficult to say further. ...Read more

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My 77yr old mom had a pelvic ultrasound & they found fluid & referred her to a gyno. Doc mentioned cancer. What are they looking for? Is it treatable?

Waiting on Medicine: I understand it is frustrating to wait, but there is nothing to comment on here until the tests are completed and the diagnosis is known. And, of course until the diagnosis is known there is no way to predict what treatment will be needed. I would imagine the doctor is looking for all kinds of cancers and also liver issues, and other organ problems. The doctor will have her full medical history. ...Read more

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Have pid. Went fir pelvic ultrasound. The doc who did it sais everything looked okay aa faeas she cwould see. Does this mean it is normal?

Have pid. Went fir pelvic ultrasound. The doc who did it sais everything looked okay aa faeas she cwould see. Does this mean it is normal?

Good news: The only feature of pid that doctors can diagnose on ultrasound is a collection of fluid in tubes, ovaries or uterus. It's thought that likely more women have pid than get diagnosed with it because clinically it can be silent. Likely if doc didn't see a collection of fluid and your not having pain or abnormal discharge and you've been treated with antibiotics, everything is okay. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doc said have pid. Meds finished. Esr blood count is 19. Isn't this normal. So thismeans there is mo infection correct? Pelvic ultrasound normal.

Doc said have pid. Meds finished. Esr blood count is 19. Isn't this normal. So thismeans there is mo infection correct? Pelvic ultrasound normal.

Sed rate: The sed rate is helpful but is neither sensitive nor specific enough to assure a cure. The best way to tell whether you've recovered is how you feel. Glad the ultrasound is fine. Sorry this happened -- it can be devastating for a woman. ...Read more

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Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?

Can a doctor tell from a pelvic ultrasound if an ovarian cyst is cancerous or benign? Or do they all look alike and need further tests?

It depends: Certain features make it highly likely that a cystic lesion is benign (e.g. a small "simple cyst"), and others make it more likely to be malignant. There is significant overlap between benign and malignant features, so at times it is impossible to tell. Other times the appearance is so characteristic that benignity/malignancy can be predicted fairly reliably. Age and other findings also factor in ...Read more

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Is it normal for the doctor to order an MRI if the results of a pelvic ultrasound show a mass that she cannot tell is attached to the ovary or not?

Is it normal for the doctor to order an MRI if the results of a pelvic ultrasound show a mass that she cannot tell is attached to the ovary or not?

Yes: Mri is a great tool for following up findings on an ultrasound of the pelvis. An MRI can often better discriminate individual organs and anatomy. ...Read more

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I did a pelvic ultrasound on day 7 of my cycle and the doctor said I have 2 normal/healthy follicles in my right ovary. Does this mean I will ovulate?

I did a pelvic ultrasound on day 7 of my cycle and the doctor said I have 2 normal/healthy follicles in my right ovary. Does this mean I will ovulate?

Probably: Follicles that are destined to release an egg will show growth as you approach mid cycle. Other follicles will regress and get smaller. ...Read more

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I work for this doctor and his answers are very reserved. He said "it's nothing" but my pelvic ultrasound says I have multiple cysts in my uterus.

I work for this doctor and his answers are very reserved. He said "it's nothing" but my pelvic ultrasound says I have multiple cysts in my uterus.

No Rx needed: Sounds like your doctor was trying to say "it's nothing to worry about, there is nothing that you need to do". If you are having symptoms and are concerned about it, by all means get a second opinion. ...Read more

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My doctor said I have a really thick endometrium lining. What does this mean? I just had my second pelvic ultrasound today.

Hyperplasia: The concern would be that there is endometrial hyperplasia which may indicate some increased risk of endometrial carcinoma. Depending on your symptoms and the appearance of the thickening an endometrial biopsy may be suggested. Actual statistical risk is fairly low but statistics are applicable to groups, not so much to individuals. ...Read more

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Hi, pelvic ultrasound showed a patch in the uterine wall approx. 8x16cm, 2, 06 cm thick. Doctor's guess was hyperplasia. Could it be cancer?

Hi, pelvic ultrasound showed a patch in the uterine wall approx. 8x16cm, 2, 06 cm thick. Doctor's guess was hyperplasia. Could it be cancer?

Possibly: The words you used "doctors guess" should tell you something. Without a biopsy, the answer is yes to "can it be cancer? " Only with a biopsy can you say it's definitely not cancer ...Read more

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Pelvic ultrasound showed no cyst. But showed free fluid on right. Still having pain around right overy & back normal full pelvic exam/ultrasnd and norm pap, just yeast infct. Nrml CT abd/pelvis why pain?

Pelvic ultrasound showed no cyst. But showed free fluid on right. Still having pain around right overy & back normal full pelvic exam/ultrasnd and norm pap, just yeast infct. Nrml CT abd/pelvis why pain?

Many reasons: Lots of things can cause pelvic pain. A cyst that ruptured may cause lingering pain for a week or 2 after it ruptures; infections including std's, and urinary tract infections and appendicitis can cause pelvic pain, endometriosis, i.Cgastrointestinal conditions also. If you had pain during the pelvic exam you may need to discuss diagnostic laparoscopy; if not then maybe see a different specialist. ...Read more

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Burning sensation in vagina, pelvic pain. Went to doctor, no UTI or infection. Going to gynecologist for pelvic ultrasound, what could it be?

Pelvic pain: It is good that you're going to be examined by a gynecologist and that you are scheduled for an ultrasound of the pelvis. Conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, pelvic vein disorders, endometriosis and even intestinal disorders will be considered. ...Read more

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Many doctors have said that I might have bad gallbladder because of the chronic back pain, pain in the right shoulder and adominal gnawing. I have had a CT of abdomen and pelvis and ultrasound. Everything appeared ok. Should iget a hida scan done?

Many doctors have said that I might have bad gallbladder because of the chronic back pain, pain in the right shoulder and adominal gnawing. I have had a CT of abdomen and pelvis and ultrasound. Everything appeared ok. Should iget a hida scan done?

GB function: An ultrasound will show if you have stones, masses, or other problems of the gallbladder. Ct will demonstrate most other organs. A hida scan can show gb function. A consultation with your doctor or GI specialist should be performed first. ...Read more

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What is my doctor looking for in a cat scan of pelvis after ultrasound (normal). I have pain in pelvis particularly r ovary. Cancer?

Pelvic pain: Ct scan shows more details of the pelvic contents. Cancer ovary is ruled out if normal ultrasound since it presents with cysts or masses which are easily diagnosed by the ultrasound. So stool analysis and blood tests will provide us with the clues. So better stop worrying about cancer with a negative provisional result. ...Read more

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I have had bloating and gas alone with left pelvic pain. After vagianal and top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan without contrast the e r doctor said ultrasound showed a left ovary cyst that should clear on it own. Ct scan normal. With these test would it

I have had bloating and gas alone with left pelvic pain. After vagianal and top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan without contrast the e r doctor said ultrasound showed a left ovary cyst that should clear on it own. Ct scan normal. With these test would it

I assume he ruled: Out bowel problems, you could have endometriosis or adhesions or other problems that would not necessarily show up on those tests you need to see your gyn as you may need a laparoscpy or robot, and it depends how big and what kind of cyst they found, either way see your gyn asap. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Fairly reliable test: Pelvic ultrasound is fairly reliable to detect masses or fluid collections in the pelvis. It will also pick up most cases of Ovarian Cancer. So a normal ultrasound rules out obvious Ovarian cancer. Yet it can miss small tumors arising from the ovary. I think you can relax and not worry about missing cancer if you have no pelvic or abdominal symptoms... which can be quite subtle for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Why would ultrasound tech look at bladder and kidneys during pelvic ultrasound? Radiologist didn't come I after the scan?

Why would ultrasound tech look at bladder and kidneys during pelvic ultrasound? Radiologist didn't come I after the scan?

See below: What the tech looks at depends on the ordering physician. If they find something suspicious, they can scan other parts of the abdomen, since the pelvic organs are close to the bladder and ureters ie the tubes, this may be the reason. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Pelvic Ultrasound (Definition)

This is an ultrasound test to examine the organs of the pelvis, typically using either a trans-abdominal or trans-vaginal approach, depending on what is suspected, such as ovarian ...Read more