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Doctor insights on: Ultrasound Pelvis Transvaginal

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

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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Does a pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurt?

Does a pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurt?

No: A transvaginal ultrasound is done by inserting an ultrasound probe into the vagina to better evaluate the pelvic organs. Lubrication is applied to the top of the probe to ease insertion. An ultrasound should not be painful. Some women describe a "pressure" sensation but pain should not be experienced. ...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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Which ultrasound is more accurate transvaginal or pelvic?

Which ultrasound is more accurate transvaginal or pelvic?

See answer: They are usually complementary. Endovaginal us usually give an improved view of the endometrial stripe, ovaries, and uterine parenchyma. Trans-abdominal us shows a more comprehensive “overview” of the entire uterus and it’s relationship to the bladder and pelvis and may identify ovaries that are more widely positioned. ...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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Would a palpable soft tissue mass in pelvic area be seen on pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound?

Would a palpable soft tissue mass in pelvic area be seen on pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound?

Maybe: It depends upon where the soft tissue mass is. Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound is great for evaluating the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and even the appendix (when it's inflamed). But it's not a great modality to evaluate intestinal, muscle, or fat masses. ...Read more

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Hi I am 27 and had a pelvic & a transvaginal ultrasound it was extremely painful and the tech said I have free fluid in my pelvic what does this mean?

Few things: Sometimes the exam can be painful just because it is an uncomfortable procedure other times because there is an abnormality they are pressing on. The free fluid depends on how much. A tiny amount is normal in females. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me if the pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurts like a pap?

Can anyone tell me if the pelvic transvaginal ultrasound hurts like a pap?

Neither should hurt: If pap smears were painful, please discuss it with your doctor. You may need to relax and not tense/constrict your vagina around the speculum. ...Read more