Posted on : January 3, 2021 by Clinic One on Ob Gyn
Transvaginal Ultrasound is a type of ultrasound used to test the health of reproductive organs or internal organs of females or the health of a child inside the womb.
Who performs Transvaginal Ultrasound?
Like any other ultrasound, only a certified radiologist can perform Transvaginal Ultrasound.
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How is it performed?
A transvaginal ultrasound uses ultrasound technology to create images of internal organs.
A probe concealed with a condom and gel is introduced through the vagina. It can be mildly uncomfortable but, will not hurt. The probe will transmit sound waves which are reflected by internal organs.
Such sound waves are transmitted into a computer which will create images through the acquired data. The Radiologist will gently move the probe to look at other organs.
This test generally takes 30-60 minutes and the result takes 24-48 hours.
What to do to prepare for this test?
Normally, there is very little to do on part of patients.
When patients arrive at the medical or hospital to get this test, they are asked to put on a gown and lie down on a table with knees bent facing the ceiling.
Depending on the instructions from your doctor, patients should have an empty bladder or full bladder.
An empty bladder can make images through the probe to be more detailed, and a full bladder lifts the intestine which gives room for the probe to get clear images of the internal organs.
Why is Transvaginal Ultrasound performed?
Although the doctors can use Transabdominal ultrasound to view the internal organs, such tests images are not very detailed. So, radiologists use transvaginal ultrasound to generate more detailed images of the internal organs of females around the pelvic region.
Some of the uses/benefits of Transvaginal Ultrasound are listed below:
- To check for any abnormalities in the pelvic or abdominal region, which could lead to miscarriage.
- Unusual or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- To check for infertility, and its reason, if any.
- To examine for cysts or uterine fibroids.
- To scan the heartbeat of the fetus.
- To diagnose any possible miscarriage.
- To check/confirm early pregnancy.
- To help diagnose cancer in reproductive organs and so on.
What are its risks, if there are any?
Normally there are no side effects of Transvaginal Ultrasound. Unlike X-Rays, it uses ultrasound technology to get images of internal organs.
You might feel slightly uncomfortable when such a probe is introduced into the vagina but there will be no pain. But, if you feel any severe discomfort, please be sure to ask your doctor for guidance and instructions.
What does the result say?
If your doctor performed such a test, you will get your result immediately whereas if the technician performed such a test, the image(s) of such a test is transferred to a radiologist for analysis and after analysis, results are transferred to your doctor. Such a result then is communicated to you.
So, such a result is interpreted to you by your doctor(i.e result(s) of such a test can vary, depending on the reason for such a test).
Please be sure to communicate with your doctor, if any problem(s) or uncomfortableness arises during or after such a test.