What to expect pelvic ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound uses a device called a transducer that transmits sound waves. These sound waves bounce off your organs and tissues, and then echo back to the transducer. A computer converts the sound waves into a picture of your organs, which appear on a video screen. Transabdominal ultrasound is done through your abdomen.

How do you prepare for pelvic ultrasound?

Preparation for a Pelvic Ultrasound. Drink a minimum of 24 ounces of clear fluid at least one hour before your appointment. Do not empty your bladder until after the exam. Generally, no fasting or sedation is required for a pelvic ultrasound, unless the ultrasound is part of another procedure that requires anesthesia.

What does a pelvic ultrasound rule out?

pelvic ultrasound examination in the setting of an interde- partmental protocol to rule out ectopic pregnancy.

How much does a pelvic ultra sound cost?

For patients not covered by health insurance, the cost of a pelvic ultrasound typically varies by provider and geographic region. The typical cost range is $250-$1,100, with a national average cost of $525, according to NewChoiceHealth.com [ 1]. For example, Concierge Medicine [ 2] in California charges $275 for a pelvic ultrasound.

What are the side effects of pelvic ultrasound?

There are no risks associated with ultrasound itself. The most common side effect is mild to moderate cramping. Rare but serious complications associated with the insertion of a catheter and infusion of saline include perforation of the uterus and infection.

How do you prepare for an abdominal ultrasound?

How you prepare. You typically need to avoid food and drinks (fast) for eight to 12 hours before an abdominal ultrasound. Food and liquids in your stomach (and urine in your bladder) can make it difficult for the technician to get a clear picture of the structures in your abdomen.

Why you may need a full bladder for that ultrasound?

A full bladder pushes bowel out of the way and allows the sonographer to look at the pelvic organs by using the bladder as a sonographic window. For obstetric ultrasounds, a full bladder helps to push the fetus out of the pelvis so it is not hidden by the pelvic bones.

When to get a pelvic ultrasound?

A primary use of pelvic ultrasound is during pregnancy. In early pregnancy (about five to seven weeks), ultrasound may determine the size of the fetus to confirm the suspected due date, detect multiple fetuses, or confirm that the fetus is alive (viable).

What does a pelvic ultrasound rule out?

pelvic ultrasound examination in the setting of an interde- partmental protocol to rule out ectopic pregnancy.