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

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

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's the difference between a pelvic ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound?

Nearly same...: There are two ways to image the pelvic organs. One is by transabdominal route (transducer in placed on the skin of lower abdomen with a distended urinary bladder); and the other is transvaginal ultrasound where the transducer is placed inside the vagina to assess pelvic organs. Transvaginal ultrasound means just that; whereas, pelvic ultrasound includes both transabdominal and transvaginal US. ...Read more

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Is a pelvic ultrasound as good as a transvaginal u/s at measuring size of ovaries? Are they both accurate?

Possibly equal: It really all depends on how well the ovaries are seen. If the bladder is full and the ovaries are well demonstrated transabdominally then measurements will be as accurate. Transvaginal ultrasound usually provides a more detailed look at the ovaries because the transducer is right next to them. However, sometimes the ovaries are hard to find transvaginally. Each patient is different. ...Read more

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What's hiding my ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound? Can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound instead.

What's hiding my ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound? Can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound instead.

Normal variation: The position of the ovaries varies quite a bit from women to women within the pelvis. Secondly, gas within adjacent bowel loops will distort ultrasound images and 'hide' anything behind that loop. Thus looking from a different angle ie transvaginally, we can find the ovaries that we can see on the transabdominal portion of a scan. ...Read more

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Hi I had a pelvic ultrasound done, it wasn't a transvaginal, it was a normal pelvic ultrasound. If I was 9 weeks preg, would they be able to see it?

Hi I had a pelvic ultrasound done, it wasn't a transvaginal, it was a normal pelvic ultrasound. If I was 9 weeks preg, would they be able to see it?

Ambivalent: At 9 weeks gestation by last menstrual period a transabdominal ultrasound should pick up the pregnancy. If it doesn't, it should be followed immediately by a transvaginal ultrasound. The rationale for first trimester ultrasound is to determine, whether there is one or more embryo's, whether there is a heart beat or not, and whether the pregnancy is in the uterus or outside. ...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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Can a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound pick up cervical cancer?

Can a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound pick up cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer: Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound is usually for higher structures such as uterus and ovaries.
Cervical cancer screening is with a full pap smear exam/ cytology. ...Read more

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Can a transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound detect whether or not there is cervical cancer?

Can a transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound detect whether or not there is cervical cancer?

No: The best eval for cervical cancer would still be pap smear, exam and biopsy of abnormal areas identified. Ultrasound would suggest advanced stage of concerns. ...Read more

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Gynae performed transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan since sep'11-mar but in no'12 I was operated for 2 choc cysts & fibroid. How could she miss these?

Gynae performed transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan since sep'11-mar but in no'12 I was operated for 2 choc cysts & fibroid. How could she miss these?

Not perfect: It depends on the size of the cysts. You were having pain, ultrasound did nor reveal a problem, then got laparoscopy and saw the problem. Doctors nor ultrasounds are perfect. I would get on the pill for the endometriosis. There are times when being on the pill increases ovulation when you get off; just 2 or three months can make a difference. ...Read more

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Hello, please explain what the finds of my recent transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound found. Right ovary 4.4 x2.9x1.1 CM simple cyst and on the left 5.5 x4.8x2.9 ovarian cyst prior ultrasound measurements were 6.9x5.8x6.5 which was smaller in size but also

Hello, please explain what the finds of my recent transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound found. Right ovary 4.4 x2.9x1.1 CM simple cyst and on the left 5.5 x4.8x2.9 ovarian cyst prior ultrasound measurements were 6.9x5.8x6.5 which was smaller in size but also

Depends: It is difficult to answer your question with certainty without knowing your clinical history, laboratory findings, and detail information of the ovarian cysts. Simple cyst may be monitored over time with us but more complex cysts may require specific management. When a cyst improves in size, it's usually is a good sign but accurate measurements are not always reproducible on us. ...Read more

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Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Ultrasound: A combination of ultrasound (either transabdominal or transvaginal), B-hcg levels, and clinical information are used to diagnose a miscarriage. CT is not used because of its ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Can a transvaginal ultrasound and/or pelvic ultrasound show enlarged lymph nodes around the ovary?

Can a transvaginal ultrasound and/or pelvic ultrasound show enlarged lymph nodes around the ovary?

Yes,: But not reliably. Regional bowel gas can obscure pelvic lymph nodes. Also the position of the ovaries is variable, and they may not be situated next to internal iliac nodal chains. So not seeing enlarged lymph nodes on a pelvic sonogram is not sufficient to exclude them. CT or MRI is much better. ...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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Can you have a vaginal pelvic ultrasound while menstruating?

Can you have a vaginal pelvic ultrasound while menstruating?

Yes: There is no problem with having a vaginal ultrasound when you are menstruating, or bleeding for any other reason. ...Read more

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I got pelvic ultrasound and vaginal. Tech asked a concerning question.?

I got pelvic ultrasound and vaginal. Tech asked a concerning question.?

Need more info.: Really not enough info on you query. First would need to know why you were having the ultrasound. Ob or gyn? Pain? Bleeding? Always if asked a question and if you don't understand or are concerned, ask the tech or provider to elaborate. You have a right to know what is going on. Uncertainty never a good thing. May or may not mean anything. Hard to know. ...Read more

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Very sore in ext. Vaginal area I avoid sex and in menopause. Waiting for results from pelvic ultrasound to see if uterus lining thin. Suggestions?

Very sore in ext. Vaginal area I avoid sex and in menopause. Waiting for results from pelvic ultrasound to see if uterus lining thin. Suggestions?

Vaginal Estrogen: When you are in menopause, your body stops making estrogen. Since the vaginal tissue is very sensitive to estrogen, it can become thin and lose its ability to stretch. When you have intercourse, you can actually get micro-tears in the vaginal wall that are painful. These symptoms usually respond to a vaginal estrogen cream or tablet. Don't have intercourse if its painful. Best wishes! ...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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Will a pelvic ultrasound make you sore the next day?

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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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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Can a radiologist see if a cyst is abnormal or the kind of cyst with a pelvic ultrasound?

Can a radiologist see if a cyst is abnormal or the kind of cyst with a pelvic ultrasound?

Yes to a degree: Ultrasound is commonly used to classify Cysts in the Ovary. This reflects the risk of a cyst being benign versus Cancerous. The size of the cyst and whether it it has any solid components in addition to fluid increases the risk of it being cancerous. Your gynecologist should guide you further. ...Read more

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What does a technician look at during a pelvic ultrasound? Do they look at bladder and kidneys?

What does a technician look at during a pelvic ultrasound? Do they look at bladder and kidneys?

No: The routine female pelvic ultrasound includes evaluationof the uerus, ovaries and area between the ovaries and uterus. The bladder is present on the examination but is frequently not fully evaluated. In some practices a limited view of the kidneys is obtained but this is certainly ot the standard nor is it routine. ...Read more

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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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What do you suggest if I had a pelvic ultrasound today and there was a strange red mass on the infrared?

Pelvic Ultrasound: I'm afraid I don't understand the question, perhaps post another with more specifics. Or discuss the findings with your doctor. Ultrasound doesn't use infrared imaging. Are you referring to Color Doppler? That images vascularity. Red would indicate arterial flow. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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