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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do I need to drink a lot of water before abdominal ultrasound?

Do I need to drink a lot of water before abdominal ultrasound?

Unsure: If it is for gb no but for the lower abdomen yes since your bladder may be used as a window. This should be in your instructions. ...Read more

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Are there any fetal risks to an abdominal ultrasound examination?

Are there any fetal risks to an abdominal ultrasound examination?

None known.: Despite theoretical concerns, extensive clinical experience with prenatal ultrasound for the past 3 decades suggests extreme safety with medically indicated use of alara (as low as reasonably achievalbe) energy/exposure. Scandinavian study suggested increased incidence of non-righthandedness after routine prenatal ultrasounds - but larger follow-up failed to confirm this. ...Read more

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Might diverticula be seen as thromboses on an abdominal ultrasound?

Might diverticula be seen as thromboses on an abdominal ultrasound?

Different: Diverticula are outpouchings of the bowel, most commonly seen in the colon. Thrombosis is a clot in a vein or artery. Different animals that shouldn't be confused. ...Read more

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What does 'CBD 3mm at porta hepatis' mean on an abdominal ultrasound?

What does 'CBD 3mm at porta hepatis' mean on an abdominal ultrasound?

Normal: This is the common bile duct behind your liver aiding in digestion. It does not appear to be dilated and at 3 mm should be normal. I would see the doctor who ordered this test for more answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to drink coffee before an abdominal ultrasound?

Is it possible for you to drink coffee before an abdominal ultrasound?

Not recommended: You should avoid taking any fluid (even water) for the interval recommended before the abdominal ultrasound. Smoking and chewing gum are also to be avoided. The reason is that these activities increase gas in the bowel and that makes it harder for ultrasound to see abdominal organs. Also, we want the gallbladder to be distended with bile and even drinking water can cause it to contract. ...Read more

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Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis?

Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis?

Give indication: Xr, and anything without direct visualization give an indication as to what is suspected. The symptoms, the exam and the history makes a doctor arrive at a diagnosis as the most likely thing. If in doubt, then direct visualization needed. I hope that gives you reassurance. ...Read more

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What does it mean if fluid was found in a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound?

It depends: There is a small amount of normal fluid in the pelvis that is often seen on ultrasound. The answer to your question depends on how much fluid, what kind of fluid (what it looks like on us) and where the fluid is. ...Read more

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I am having an abdominal ultrasound. Will it detect intestinal blockages? I

I am having an abdominal ultrasound. Will it detect intestinal blockages? I

Family practice: I don't know why they ordered an u/s, probably to look for gallstones. Ct would be better to look for intestinal blockage. See what your dr says. ...Read more

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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