Ultrasound for Pelvic Pain

What is a diagnostic pelvic ultrasound?

An ultrasound, or sonogram, is a noninvasive imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of your pelvic organs. The sound waves travel through your skin from a handpiece called a transducer. They bounce off your organs and produce an image your provider views on a separate monitor. 

Traditional ultrasounds produce two-dimensional (2D) images that appear flat. The expert team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida uses cutting-edge technology, including 3D ultrasounds. A 3D ultrasound creates a more detailed image, which grants your provider with more precise diagnostic capabilities. 

Why would I need a diagnostic pelvic ultrasound?

Pregnant women get routine fetal ultrasounds as part of their prenatal care. Outside of pregnancy, the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of New York and New Jersey may perform a pelvic ultrasound for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Diagnose unexplained pelvic pain

  • Locate a displaced intrauterine device (IUD)

  • Determine the cause of infertility

  • Look for ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and polyps

  • Diagnose ectopic pregnancy

  • Determine the cause of heavy or abnormal uterine bleeding

The team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida is certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), an organization dedicated to safe and effective ultrasounds in medicine.

What should I expect from a pelvic ultrasound?

Depending on your needs, the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of New York and New Jersey may perform one of two main types of ultrasound:

Transabdominal ultrasound

This test involves moving the transducer over the skin on your abdomen. Before they begin, your provider applies some gel to your skin to make it easier for the sound waves to pass through.

Transvaginal ultrasound

A transvaginal ultrasound uses a specially shaped probe that fits inside your vagina. Your provider may cover the probe with a latex condom, so make sure to let them know if you’re allergic to latex. This method brings the transducer closer to your uterus so your provider can get a clearer view. 

Neither type of ultrasound causes pain, but a transvaginal ultrasound may be slightly uncomfortable. The advanced ultrasound technology at Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of New York and New Jersey provides immediate results so your OB/GYN can diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain and develop an individualized treatment plan.

For state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound technology, call Perinatal Diagnostic Centers of Florida or book an appointment online today.