Learn More About Transvaginal Ultrasounds in Williamsport, PA
Transvaginal ultrasounds are ordered to evaluate pain, abnormal menses or post menopausal bleeding.
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Why a Transvaginal Ultrasound Is Performed
A transvaginal ultrasound may be recommended for the following reasons:
During pregnancy: During the first trimester this test is ordered to determine the fetus’s size and viability (heart tone) and confirm dates.
Measuring cervical length: To determine the cause of cervical pain, pressure, history of cervical surgeries or preterm loss of amniotic fluids this test may be ordered. There is no preparation for this test. The total time for the procedure, including registration and imaging, is approximately 30 minutes.
What Happens During a Transvaginal Ultrasound?
A registered ultrasound technologist will first verify your identity and explain the procedure. You will be asked to empty your bladder completely, remove clothing from waist down and change into a hospital gown.
You will be escorted into the imaging room and positioned on your back and legs placed in stirrups. The technologist will cover the transvaginal probe with a sterile, latex free cover and lubricate it with gel. The probe will then be inserted into your vagina and carefully moved to document images.
Some patients may be uncomfortable but not typically in pain. After the procedure is complete a board certified radiologist will interpret your scan. The results will be sent to your physician.