Performed in the Comfortable Women's Imaging Center at Guilford Radiology
Ultrasound imaging, sometimes referred to as sonography, is a noninvasive medical procedure used to capture images in real time using sound waves, not radiation. Ultrasounds show the structure and movement of organs and blood flowing through blood vessels.
Pelvic ultrasound is used to evaluate the ovaries, uterus, cervix and bladder. It can be ordered following pelvic pain, abdominal bleeding or menstrual concerns. It is used to help diagnose fibroids, cysts, or ovarian or uterine cancers.
How to Prepare for a Pelvic Ultrasound
For transabdominal pelvic exams, please come to our office with a full bladder (please note: we will see you promptly!). Most ultrasound exams do not require any additional preparation prior to the exam. Wear comfortable clothing around the area to be scanned. You may also be asked to wear a gown. Also inform your technologist if you have any old images so they may be used for comparison.
What to Expect
Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table. The ultrasound technician (sonographer) will place a clear gel on the area of the body to be imaged. The sonographer or radiologist then presses the transducer against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone, attached to an ultrasound machine by a cord. If circumstances dictate, a transvaginal approach may be used.
After the exam, the gel is wiped off and you may resume normal activities. Ultrasounds typically take 30 to 60 minutes depending on the exam performed
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained radiologists within one day. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.