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When looking at a transvaginal ultrasound picture which side is left and right?

When looking at a transvaginal ultrasound picture which side is left and right?

Sometimes neither: If you are looking in the coronal plane (like slicing a loaf vertically side to side) left would be on the right side of the screen and right on the left side. In the sagittal plane, front (anterior) is on the right and back (posterior) is on the left. ...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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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?

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

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If I had a transvaginal ultrasound and they said I am 7 weeks and 1 day, does that mean that I conceived 7 wk 1 d ago? Or 2 weeks after that?

If I had a transvaginal ultrasound and they said I am 7 weeks and 1 day, does that mean that I conceived 7 wk 1 d ago? Or 2 weeks after that?

5 weeks ago.: Conception occurs two weeks after the first day of you last menstrual period presuming a regular cycle and usual facts. So if you are 7 weeks after your LMP you likely conceived about 5 weeks ago. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and good luck! ...Read more

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When does someone need a transvaginal ultrasound?

When does someone need a transvaginal ultrasound?

Part of complete u/s: 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

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What is the definition or description of: transvaginal ultrasound?

What is the definition or description of: transvaginal ultrasound?

Ultrasound: 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 visualize pelvic organs/ structures. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a transvaginal ultrasound to be 2 weeks inaccurate?

Is it possible that a transvaginal ultrasound to be 2 weeks inaccurate?

Yes: The higher sensitivity of transvaginal ultrasound can allow better determination of more true dating parameters, and thus could be ~2 weeks inaccurate. ...Read more

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Transvaginal ultrasound is free fluid, bad?

Transvaginal ultrasound is free fluid, bad?

Not necessarily: Some free fluid can be normal. It can also be from a ruptured ovarian cyst. Also ascites is free fluid from various diseases. But a little fluid usually not bad. Your doctor will help determine the cause. ...Read more

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How uncomfortable is a transvaginal ultrasound?

How uncomfortable is a transvaginal ultrasound?

It depends: Transvag us exam is an excellent tool to examine pelvic and lower abdonimal organs. Depends on the target of interest (ovary, appendix...) and the disease being investigated (mass, abscess...) it can at times be uncomfortable. Don't be afraid of the instrument. If you use tampon, you can handle the probe. ...Read more

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Does a transvaginal ultrasound break the hymen?

Does a transvaginal ultrasound break the hymen?

Yes,: It can. The probe is inserted into the vagina, so an intact hymen will likely be ruptured. ...Read more

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Can a transvaginal ultrasound show implantation?

Can a transvaginal ultrasound show implantation?

Yes: Used by fertility specialists althoughwhen thefetusreaches a reasonable size transabdominal ultrasound is usually the standard. ...Read more

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What does congestion on a transvaginal ultrasound mean?

What does congestion on a transvaginal ultrasound mean?

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

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Should you get a transvaginal ultrasound for rectal pain?

Should you get a transvaginal ultrasound for rectal pain?

Not standard: Of care. See your doctor for a thorough exam. They may refer you to a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. A ct scan may be ordered. ...Read more

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Transvaginal ultrasound can detect the gender of the baby?

Transvaginal ultrasound can detect the gender of the baby?

Identify Gender: A transvaginal ultrasound can certainly detect the gender of a baby but will not identify it any faster than a transabdominal ultrasound. During early development the male and female genitalia look almost identical. After 15 weeks it is easier to determine gender. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be detected by a transvaginal ultrasound?

Can endometriosis be detected by a transvaginal ultrasound?

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

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What will a transvaginal ultrasound tell me about my fertility?

What will a transvaginal ultrasound tell me about my fertility?

Many Things...: Ultrasound is used for many things related to fertility. Initially it is used to scan for normal anatomy. Later, for example, your doc might do scan every day or so to measure the size of a follicle on your ovary. Its much easier to see your ovaries and uterus with a transvaginal ultrasound compared to an abdominal ultrasound. Its certainly my preference. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Would transvaginal ultrasound show a tampon that was forgotten?

Would transvaginal ultrasound show a tampon that was forgotten?

Most likely: A sonogram would likely show a tampon but that would generally not be necessary. You can just insert your finger into the vagina to see if you feel one. If you are still uncertain your gynecologist will easily be able to tell with an exam ...Read more

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How are conception dates determined from transvaginal ultrasound?

How are conception dates determined from transvaginal ultrasound?

Due dates: Transvaginal ultrasounds early in pregnancy measure the crown to rump length of the fetus. It is a very accurate measure of the progress of the pregnancy and importantly, when will you be 40weeks. ...Read more

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I had a transvaginal ultrasound done what was all the red and blue?

I had a transvaginal ultrasound done what was all the red and blue?

Blood flow: What you saw was likely the appearance of blood flow within the ovaries on color doppler. This flow is usually depicted on the study with the colors of red and blue. The red generally means the flow is directed towards the transducer (device that the sonographer holds to do the exam) and blue codes for flow away from the transducer. Typically both kinds of flow are seen during the exam. ...Read more

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What does Iner stroma mean on transvaginal ultrasound mean? Thanks

What does Iner stroma mean on transvaginal ultrasound mean? Thanks

Connective tissue: Stroma refers to connective tissue. Without more context we can not elaborate on your specific sonographic findings. ...Read more

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When would I need a transabdominal and a transvaginal ultrasound scan?

When would I need a transabdominal and a transvaginal ultrasound scan?

Most of the time: In my practice I routinely use both transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound when examining the adult female pelvis. These two techniques are complimentary. The transvaginal exam can often give us information not available on the transabdominal exam. ...Read more

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What's the earliest you will see a heartbeat with a transvaginal ultrasound?

Depends: Depends on how much time the examiner is willing to spend looking. By 6.5 weeks the fetal heartbeat (fh) is fairly obvious. At 6 wks it can be very subtle and difficult to distinguish from maternal cardiac pulsations and would require measuring the rate and comparing it to the maternal rate. Not easy or quick! ...Read more

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10 weeks transvaginal ultrasound baby heartbeat is 183 what about gender of baby?

20 weeks for gender: Domea: the gender of the baby is usually seen at the time of your full anatomy scan which is 18-20 weeks. Sometimes it can be seen sooner or sometimes the baby's position and other factors keep us from seeing it even when you are at the right gestational age. The heart rate is not a good predictor of the baby's gender. ...Read more

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If conception occurred on March 18th when shall an transvaginal ultrasound show a sac?

If conception occurred on March 18th when shall an transvaginal ultrasound show a sac?

Usually around: Typically something is showing up around 51/2 to 6 weeks after LMP or 3 1/2-4 weeks post conception. However, this varies so if nothing shows up initially and your hcg levels are still rising make sure a follow up ultrasound is done ...Read more

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My sister had an transvaginal ultrasound 14 days ago and she is in a lot of pain still?

Pain: Her pain is probably from what necessitated the us not from the us itself. She should see her gyn. ...Read more

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Can a TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND see baby clearly at 29 weeks And tell about gender also?

Can a TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND see baby clearly at 29 weeks And tell about gender also?

Yes,: A 29 week old baby will always be visualized with ultrasound. Depending on the position of the baby, however, gender determination may or may not be possible. ...Read more

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Why do some doctors consider an 8 week transvaginal ultrasound as +_ 3 days and others +_7 days of accuracy?

Why do some doctors consider an 8 week transvaginal ultrasound as +_ 3 days and others +_7 days of accuracy?

Individula: Interpreation and limitations of the state and quality of the ultrasound equipment. 3-7 days is an acceptable rabge, depending on physician and equipment. ...Read more

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Is the procedure transvaginal ultrasound for someone not sexual active for year painful? What should be done before the procedure?

Is the procedure transvaginal ultrasound for someone not sexual active for year painful? What should be done before the procedure?

A Necessary Evil: If you have been comfortable with a routine pelvic exam, the probe probably shouldn't be too uncomfortable, keeping in mind that it is a rigid structure that will feel slightly cold. And the person doing the exam will hopefully guide you through it and be sensitive to your responses. A relaxed posture & calm, trusting mind will help, or as has been said in the past:"Close your eyes and think of England" ...Read more

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diagnose w/ ectopic when no baby was seen on Transvaginal ultrasound @ 5 weeks & levels continue to double. Possible misdiagnosis?

diagnose w/ ectopic when no baby was seen on Transvaginal ultrasound @ 5 weeks & levels continue to double. Possible misdiagnosis?

Look harder: It could be intra-Abdominal. It could be what is called a mole. Ultrasound has a poor resolution. It may be so small that you don't see it but you must must continue looking. It is the test in medicine which is most operator defendant. Go to your local University Medical Center and have the most experienced ultrasonographer examine you. Not to be trifled with. Do it right away. ...Read more

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According to transvaginal ultrasound done at 6wks 4day I am 22wks and 1day today. I'm measuring a wk and a day more. Does this change anything?

According to transvaginal ultrasound done at 6wks 4day I am 22wks and 1day today. I'm measuring a wk and a day more. Does this change anything?

Normal growth: Ultrasound is notoriously inaccurate for measuring the growth of the fetus. In the 2nd trimester it can be inaccurate up to two weeks gestation so your pregnancy measuring a week and a day more doesn't change a thing. Sometimes babies are a little bit bigger just as some people are taller than others. We're a diverse bunch and that's fine. If more than 2-3 wks different, then further eval needed. ...Read more

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If I am looking at my transvaginal ultrasound picture and the baby is on the left of the picture does that mean the baby is on my right in me?

If I am looking at my transvaginal ultrasound picture and the baby is on the left of the picture does that mean the baby is on my right in me?

Baby position: The short answer is yes, just like a mirror image, but the baby is active, and any position at present is likely to change multiple times. It is nice to think about, but not of concern regardless of the actual position at this point. ...Read more

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I recently had a transvaginal ultrasound done & it said I'm 12 weeks & 5 days is it okay that the baby measures 11.3 cm? Is that too big or too small?

I recently had a transvaginal ultrasound done & it said I'm 12 weeks & 5 days is it okay that the baby measures 11.3 cm? Is that too big or too small?

Fine: The ultrasound dating of a pregnancy is based on the fetal measurements so, if the ultrasound dating agrees with your dating based on your last menstrual period, the baby is just the right size. Remember, however, that babies gain most of their weight in the third trimester and that is when you see the greatest difference between large and small babies. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know what to expect on my first visit. I will be 10 weeks. Will they do a transvaginal ultrasound. If they don't, should I ask?

What to do if I do not know what to expect on my first visit. I will be 10 weeks. Will they do a transvaginal ultrasound. If they don't, should I ask?

10 week US: At this stage either transvaginal or transabdominal may be appropriate, depending on size/position of the uterus. The will use whichever one, or both, is necessary to get the best images. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Transvaginal Ultrasound (Definition)

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