A pelvic ultrasound covers some of the most important functions of our bodies, but those functions obviously differ based on your gender. There are a wide variety of of reasons your doctor may prescribe a pelvic ultrasound, including an abnormal pelvic or abdominal exam, prostate exam, fibroids, abnormal bleeding or discharge, and infertility.
A Pelvic Ultrasound creates real-time images of the organs and structures in your lower abdomen, such as the bladder, reproductive organs, and for fetal ultrasounds for women that are pregnant. Depending on the type of procedure to be performed, your doctor may instruct you to either have a full or empty bladder.
Preparation: Depends on the procedure. Could involve either a full or empty bladder. If you’re menstruating, remove any tampons.
Typical Procedure Time: 45 Minutes
Pelvic ultrasounds are most typically used when the following indications are present: