Transvaginal and transabdominal pelvic ultrasound are noninvasive exams that utilize sound waves to look at the structures in the body. Unlike x-ray exams, ionizing radiation is not used in this type of test. Your doctor will tell you if you need one of these tests either for routine screening or to evaluate a problem you are having. One of our radiologists will meet with you after your exam is performed, discuss the results, and make recommendations.
A special type of transvaginal ultrasound called a sonohysterogram may be requested by your gynecologist to look at the lining of your uterus. During this procedure, the radiologist places a small tube called a catheter into your cervix to instill fluid into the cavity of the uterus. This test may allow the radiologist to see small polyps or fibroids better, and is usually performed to identify the causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding, infertility, or recurrent miscarriages. Your radiologist will explain the imaging results to you at the end of the procedure and answer your questions.
An obstetrical ultrasound is a safe and noninvasive test which utilizes sound waves to study the fetus during pregnancy. The fetal anatomy, growth, heart rate motion, placenta, and amniotic fluid will be evaluated. No x-rays are used in this type of test. One of our radiologists will meet with you after your exam is performed, discuss the results and answer your questions.