Ultrasound: Pelvis

Ultrasound: Pelvis

Ultrasound: Pelvis

Alternative Names: Pelvic ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound examines the pelvis and pelvic organs, such as the womb (uterus), ovaries, and bladder. It is also an aid in diagnosing appendicitis. Ultrasound is a technique that uses sound waves, which bounce off body structures, to create images on a screen. The test is performed on a full bladder. A simple jelly is placed on the skin of your abdomen and a rounded device (probe), placed against the skin, helps to create the images.

What is it?
Pelvic ultrasound is an examination of the pelvis using an ultrasound machine. Ultrasound refers to the use of sound waves, which bounce off (echo) body structures in a manner that can be used to generate images on a screen.

It can be done wherever there is an ultrasound machine and somebody who is trained to use it, but it is most commonly performed in a radiology facility. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Why is it done?
Pelvic ultrasounds are used to examine the pelvic organs, mainly the uterus (womb), ovaries, and bladder. It may be possible to visualise the appendix (in very thin people) and is used as an aid in the diagnosis of appendicitis (although its main role here is in excluding other pelvic problems as possible causes of lower abdominal pain).

What happens?

Before – how to prepare
You need to have a full bladder and so you will be asked to drink several glasses of water before the test.

During – how the test is done
You lie on an examination couch and undress sufficiently to expose your abdomen. Some simple jelly (which may be cold) is placed on your skin and the ultrasound probe is then moved over your abdomen to create the images. You may be asked to lie in certain positions to improve the imaging.

After the test
The result will be available almost immediately.

Risks and Compilations
There are no risks associated with this procedure.

Special Issues
The value of this examination is dependant on the skill of the person performing it. It is best to consult an experienced radiologist or doctor.

Short Description
A pelvic ultrasound examines the pelvis and pelvic organs, such as the womb (uterus), ovaries, and bladder.

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