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

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Dr. Nagesh Ragavendra
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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