Pelvic Ultrasounds for Reproductive & Urinary Condition Detection

Pelvic Ultrasounds Available from Our Offices in Maryland & Virginia

All forms of ultrasound imaging tests are performed by using sound waves to create a depiction of a patient’s internal organs. As its name would suggest, a pelvic ultrasound is utilized in situations that require insight into possible problems of the pelvic region. Such issues typically relate to the health of an individual’s reproductive or urinary system.

Conditions That Typically Require a Pelvic Ultrasound

Given that men and women have major differences in the structure of their internal pelvic organs, there are a few different types of pelvic ultrasounds that may be used to diagnose conditions of these two genders.

Pelvic Ultrasound for Women

A transvaginal (also known as endovaginal) ultrasound can be used to assess the vagina, uterus, ovaries, cervix, or fallopian tubes. This examination is often related to female reproductive disorders, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal bleeding

This type of diagnostic test may also be performed to simply check the progress of a developing fetus during a woman’s pregnancy, which is most commonly referred to as a fetal ultrasound.

Pelvic Ultrasound for Men

To investigate the health of a man’s reproductive system, a transrectal ultrasound is typically used. This involves the insertion of a probe into the patient’s rectum, which allows our radiologists to clearly visualize the state of the man’s prostate gland and seminal vesicles.

The primary purpose of a transrectal ultrasound is to address any potential problems with the man’s fertility, as well as to confirm or deny the presence of prostate cancer.

Transabdominal Ultrasound

There is one other type of pelvic ultrasound that may be used for both men and women who experience unexplained pelvic pain. This test, which is called a transabdominal ultrasound, is often performed when attempting to diagnose issues of the lower abdomen. This particular area of the body contains many vital organs including the pancreas, liver, kidneys, appendix, and more.

Common Concerns About the Exam

Many patients become anxious about how to best prepare for a pelvic ultrasound, and whether or not it will be a painful experience.

Preparation Recommendations

Your specialist from Radiology Imaging Associates will give you a complete list of instructions prior to your pelvic ultrasound. These instructions will vary from one type of pelvic ultrasound to another, but are all quite simple and easy to follow. If you have any questions about how to prepare for your examination, please contact us at (877) 504-9729 as soon as possible to have a specialist address your concerns.

Will It Be Painful?

Due to the more invasive nature of transvaginal and transrectal ultrasounds, these imaging tests may be mildly uncomfortable, but should certainly never be painful. The transabdominal ultrasound does not require the insertion of any sort of probe. Instead, this type of pelvic ultrasound is performed using a device that gently glides across the stomach, which means it is a completely painless procedure.

Additional Information from Radiology Imaging Associates

If you still have questions about pelvic ultrasounds and what these unique imaging tests entail, please call our specialists today at (877) 504-9729 for more details.

COVID-19 Update

The Governors of Maryland and Virginia have closed all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Radiology centers have been classified as essential services. 

The health, well-being, and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. We have taken steps to continue providing only critical service required to meet the needs of the community.  After very careful consideration we have decided to reschedule all non-urgent imaging appointments as well as consolidate our services by adjusting hours and center openings. To protect everyone, we are closely following the guidance of local, national and global health authorities – including the CDC – in addressing current challenges. As circumstances continue to change, we will keep you informed.

As the situation continues to develop in our community, we want to maintain our ability to provide quality service while safeguarding the health and safety of our patients and staff. We realize these are tenuous times and we are actively monitoring the ongoing situation and following the latest available CDC guidelines. In an effort to limit the risk of exposure for our patients and our employees who may be in high-risk categories, we are asking that you:

Please do not go to a Fairfax Radiology Center/Radiology Imaging Associates location if ANY of the following apply:

    1. You have cough, fever, or shortness of breath
    2. You have traveled by airplane or to New York City in the past 14 days or less
    3. You have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is undergoing a test (results pending) for COVID-19.

Instead, please contact your physician for instructions. Patients may call to reschedule their appointment once they are symptom and fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of medication.

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