Ultrasound is a technique that uses sound waves to map out targeted areas of the body. This map creates an image that the reporting physician can use to detect tissue abnormalities, rule out or diagnose disease, and even check up on the health of a growing baby inside the womb. Ultrasound is safe and painless. After applying ultrasound gel to the skin, the sonographer will glide the transducer across the skin over the area in question transmitting the image to a monitor for viewing.
Why Is Pelvic Ultrasound Used?
Women and Men:
- Detect and monitor unnatural growths or lumps in the pelvic area.
- View the bladder, kidneys and determine the cause of blood in the urine.
- Diagnose other urinary problems.
- Detect or monitor colorectal cancer.
- Investigate the cause of irregular bleeding or pain such as endometriosis.
- Measure the size of the ovaries and uterus, or the length of the cervix.
- Confirm pregnancy and rule out ectopic pregnancy.
- View uterine fibroids.
- Detect prostate cancer.
- View and check prostate.