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Doctor insights on: Pelvic Ultrasound Vs Abdominal Ultrasound

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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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What is the difference between a pelvic & abdominal ultrasound?

What is the difference between a pelvic & abdominal ultrasound?

Location: Abdominal sono looks below diaphragm and above pelvic brim, sees liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, lymph nodes, blood vessels. Pelvic sono looks at gyn organs, bladder, nodes, vessels.

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I'm 21, female, with left pelvic pain for 8 months, clear abdominal ultrasound, no other tests performed. What tests should I request from my doctor?

I'm 21, female, with left pelvic pain for 8 months, clear abdominal ultrasound, no other tests performed. What tests should I request from my doctor?

Pelvic pain: Complete history and ohysical exam including pelvic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, rectal exam, neurologic and sensory. Consider trial of pain medications, oral contraceptives or other hormonal therapies. If pain persists then consider minimally invasive surgery like laparosocopy.

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Continual lower abdomen aches and sharp excruciating shooting pains. Had blood, urine tests, pelvic ultrasound all came back "normal" any thoughts?

Continual lower abdomen aches and sharp excruciating shooting pains. Had blood, urine tests, pelvic ultrasound all came back "normal" any thoughts?

Multiple issues: Lower abdominal aches and excruciating pains can came from the musculosketal system. If there is pain to direct pressure and relief when pressure is released that is generally the cause. The herb jasmine has jasmonic acid which can increase the genes that produce glutathione.

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My abdominal/pelvic ultrasound showed up negative but I have distinct abdominal swelling and low sharp pain and flank pain. What could not show on us?

My abdominal/pelvic ultrasound showed up negative but I have distinct abdominal swelling and low sharp pain and flank pain. What could not show on us?

Lots: It looks pretty well at the solid organs. Liver, spleen, kidneys etc. Not good at a lot of the other stuff like intestines. If get a ct scan.

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I have just had a pelvic ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound. I have two femoral hernias. I also have a prolapse. Since then I have found spots of blood. I am not sure where it is coming from.

I have just had a pelvic ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound. I have two femoral hernias. I also have a prolapse. Since then I have found spots of blood. I am not sure where it is coming from.

Have to see surgeon: Femoral can incarcerate and lead to dangerous complications, must be assessed by a surgeon, can be fixed by simple out patient surgery. 'Spots of blood ' may be due to prolapse (uterus) need evaluation by your gynecologist

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Why woman would need a pelvic ultrasound?

Pelvic Ultrasound: Pelvic ultrasound is a diagnostic modality that is used to assist with the visualization and diagnosis of conditions affecting the uterus and ovaries.

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What is pelvic ultrasound? How is it done?

What is pelvic ultrasound? How is it done?

Pelvic Ultrasound: You lie on a table. Gel is placed on your skin. A sonographer moves a device called a transducer over your pelvis. If it is transvaginal, a cylindrical probe with gel will be inserted internally. The transducer sends out sound waves, which bounce off the tissues inside your body. The transducer also captures the waves that bounce back. The ultrasound machine creates images from the sound waves.

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What are the colors on a pelvic ultrasound?

What are the colors on a pelvic ultrasound?

Movement: Color on ultrasound monitor screen represents movement, mostly due to blood vessels but not always. For instance, one can see urine flowing into the bladder from the ureter because it represents movement. The red and blue color represents the direction of flow.

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What are white circles on pelvic ultrasound?

What are white circles on pelvic ultrasound?

Not enough info: White circles on pelvic ultrasound, depending on where they are and what they look like, could be follicles in the ovaries, the ovaries, calcified fibroids, or lots of other things.

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Black holes in organs in abdominal ultrasound, what could this be?

Black holes in organs in abdominal ultrasound, what could this be?

Ultrasound: "Black hole" could be anything from a benign cyst to a more serious abnormality. Really need more specific terminology to assess this, maybe re submit question with verbiage from the report.

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Why is there red in abdominal ultrasound?

Why is there red in abdominal ultrasound?

Red: Usually is coded to demonstrate flow in a vessel towards the ultrasound transducer. Blue is usually coded for flow away.

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Will a pelvic ultrasound make you sore the next day?

It can: Sometimes if it was done transvaginally. Symptoms should resolve in a day or two.

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Can an abdominal ultrasound rule out portal hypertension?

Can an abdominal ultrasound rule out portal hypertension?

It will be helpful: An ultrasound help determine shape size and distendibility of veins, arteries organs and see pathology. So it will be helpful in the diagnoses of the portal vein pathology if present.

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Is it okay to have sex the night before a pelvic ultrasound?

Is it okay to have sex the night before a pelvic ultrasound?

OK but why: Think of the technician who will usually do an abdominal and then put a probe in the vagina. It could get messy if you did not us a condom.

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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


Abdominal Ultrasound (Definition)

An abdominal ultrasound will reveal the position of the baby and determine if the baby is presenting head first (normal presentation) or ...Read more