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  • Nancy L. Hancock, M.D.

I’m scheduled for an ultrasound because I’m having some pain. What kind of ultrasound will this be?

Most gynecologic ultrasounds are pelvic ultrasounds. The pelvic ultrasound allows visualization of the female pelvic organs including the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Pelvic ultrasound can provide information about the size, location, and structure of pelvic masses but cannot provide a definite diagnosis of a specific disease. The ultrasound will help your doctor determine if you pain is related to infection, growth, masses, cysts, or other types of tumors within the pelvis.

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A pelvic ultrasound is performed by inserting a long, thin ultrasound probe covered with gel and a protective cover inside the vagina. There is no radiation used, but you may experience slight discomfort with the insertion of the transvaginal probe into the vagina. The transducer will be gently turned and angled to bring the areas for study into focus. You may feel mild pressure as the transducer is moved. Several pictures and measurements will be taken. After the ultrasound is performed by the ultrasonographer, you will see your doctor to discuss the results.

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