Gynecologic Ultrasound


A gynecologic ultrasound is a painless test that uses sound waves to produce images of a woman's pelvis, including her uterus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes. Also known as a pelvic ultrasound, this test is used to help diagnose conditions such as fibroids, fertility issues, pelvic pain and irregular bleeding.

Types of Pelvic Ultrasounds

Ultrasound tests are performed by a specialist called a sonographer. Depending on your specific condition, your Mercy physician will typically recommend one of two types of pelvic ultrasounds:

Transvaginal ultrasound

During this approach, the sonographer inserts a transducer, which is a device that uses sound waves to capture images, about two to three inches into the vaginal canal.

Transabdominal ultrasound

In this procedure, the sonographer applies a special gel onto your abdomen and glides an ultrasound device gently over the area. Before the test, you may be asked to drink water to fill your bladder, which allows for better imaging.

Pelvic Ultrasound Procedure

Our expert technicians will make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure. Throughout your pelvic ultrasound, you will lie on a padded exam table while the technician applies a gentle touch. The ultrasound usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Once complete, you can resume normal activities immediately.

A Mercy radiologist will study your pelvic images and talk with your physician. Generally, your physician will contact you within a few days of your test to explain the results and any follow-up care that may be needed. Your Mercy team will ensure you receive expert, comprehensive care.

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