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Pelvic Ultrasound

Kelly Ultrasound Center

Ultrasound Clinic located in Greenville, SC

A pelvic ultrasound can provide significant information about the structures and organs of the female pelvis. At Kelly Ultrasound Center in Greenville, South Carolina, state-of-the-art technology is used to create outstanding pelvic ultrasounds that can help your medical team find answers and diagnose challenging conditions. Setting up an appointment is fast and easy with the online scheduling function, or you’re always welcome to call and speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Pelvic Ultrasound Q & A

What is a pelvic ultrasound?

A pelvic ultrasound is a technique that uses sound waves to create images of your reproductive organs and surrounding tissues. A device called a transducer emits sound waves that travel through your pelvis and bounce off your internal tissues. As those sound waves return, the transducer collects and converts them into images using an external computer. 

Pelvic ultrasounds at Kelly Ultrasound Center are safe and painless. They are a preferred diagnostic tool for a wide range of gynecologic conditions. 

What happens during a pelvic ultrasound?

There are two types of pelvic ultrasound: Transabdominal and transvaginal. 

Transabdominal pelvic ultrasound

This approach uses a handheld external transducer to create images of your bladder and pelvic organs. These ultrasounds are a good option for identifying large uterine growths or adnexal masses. 

Transvaginal pelvic ultrasound

This approach uses an internal ultrasound transducer inserted through your vaginal canal. These ultrasounds provide excellent imaging of your endometrium, uterus, ovaries, and adnexa. 

Kelly Ultrasound Center offers a pelvic limited ultrasound, which includes a transabdominal or transvaginal exam. A pelvic complete ultrasound is also available, which includes both transabdominal and transvaginal exams.

Your medical team determines which approach is best suited for your needs. While a transvaginal ultrasound may be an uncomfortable experience, the process only takes 20-40 minutes and is not painful. Your doctor receives the results within 24-48 hours.  

What types of issues can a pelvic ultrasound detect?

Pelvic ultrasounds are powerful diagnostic tools that can show signs of many different gynecologic conditions, including:

  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Ovarian cysts or tumors
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormalities in fallopian tubes
  • Pelvic cysts
  • Ectopic pregnancy

A pelvic ultrasound can also detect the location and positioning of an IUD, and diagnose or monitor cancer and tumors, the source of pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding or abdominal swelling.

Are there risks associated with a pelvic ultrasound?

One reason ultrasound imaging is such a popular diagnostic tool is the relatively low risk of side effects or complications, as compared to other approaches. Ultrasounds produce no radiation and require no anesthesia. 

If you have a transvaginal ultrasound, a latex or plastic covering is used over the transducer. If you have an allergy to those materials, there is a risk of an allergic reaction, so let your sonographer know of any allergies you have before your ultrasound. If you’re experiencing pelvic pain or other symptoms, a transvaginal ultrasound can aggravate tenderness. 

You’ll be asked to drink 32 ounces of water within an hour prior to your exam, and you won’t be able to use the restroom until the transvaginal ultrasound is complete. That can be uncomfortable, but there is no risk of harm associated with a full bladder. 

To schedule a pelvic ultrasound, call Kelly Ultrasound Center or request an appointment online.