An ultrasound is an imaging procedure in which your provider can view pelvic organs, other internal structures, or your unborn baby when they can’t be seen during physical and pelvic examinations. At the office of James A. Watson, MD, the experienced OB/GYN team in Gilroy, California, offers in-office ultrasonography for your convenience. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson over the phone or online today.
Pelvic ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to help Dr. Watson to view structures inside of your body. The procedure can detect or rule out gynecological conditions and view your unborn baby during pregnancy. Ultrasound doesn’t expose you to radiation, as X-rays do.
An ultrasound produces internal images of your uterus, fallopian tubes, bladder, ovaries, cervix, vagina, or fetus. Dr. Watson might recommend you undergo ultrasound if he suspects you’re pregnant, your pregnancy is confirmed, or you experience unusual symptoms such as abnormal uterine bleeding or pelvic pain.
Ultrasound can detect:
Dr. Watson might use ultrasound to assist with endometrial biopsy or other noninvasive or minimally invasive gynecological procedures.
The two main types of pelvic ultrasound include transabdominal ultrasound and transvaginal ultrasound. During transabdominal ultrasound, your provider places a transducer on the outside of your abdomen. With transvaginal ultrasound, Dr. Watson inserts a tiny transducer device into your vagina.
Dr. Watson lets you know if an ultrasound is needed during your care. He reviews your medical history and symptoms. He also completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, to determine if ultrasound is the right diagnostic procedure for you. If you’re pregnant, expect ultrasound at some point during your pregnancy.
During ultrasound, you lie down on a comfortable exam table and receive one of the following:
With transabdominal ultrasound, your provider places a special gel on your abdomen and moves a transducer over your skin’s surface to create images for Dr. Watson’s review. The procedure is painless. You can empty your bladder after transabdominal ultrasound.
If you require transvaginal ultrasound, empty your bladder before the procedure. You place your feet in stirrups while Dr. Watson inserts a tiny transducer into your vagina. You might feel mild pressure during the procedure.
After your ultrasound, Dr. Watson discusses the results with you and lets you know if you require further diagnostic testing or treatment. No special care is required, so you can resume normal daily activities right away.
If you require pelvic ultrasound, schedule an appointment with James A. Watson, MD, over the phone or online today.