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What is an Transvaginal Ultrasound?
Transvaginal ultrasound is used to assess reproductive organs and surrounding structures in the patient's body. This procedure is commonly prescribed by care providers due to its ability to give detailed images of the pelvic organs aiding in the diagnosis of many conditions including bleeding, tumors and infections. Transvaginal ultrasounds involve no radiation, take between 30-45 minutes, and can help detect issues early. To perform a Transvaginal Ultrasound a special sonography wand will be inserted into the vagina which sends sound waves that allow for visualization of internal pelvic organs like ovaries, uterus and cervix. Although Transvaginal Ultrasound are safe and accurate tools for diagnosis of a variety of gynecological disorders, patients should always inform the radiologist if they experience any pain or discomfort during the exam.
When is a Transvaginal Ultrasound prescribed?
Commonly prescribed by medical professionals when a woman is pregnant, Transvaginal ultrasound provides a clearer and more direct visualization of gestational development in early pregnancy because it uses an ultrasound probe that is placed directly into the vagina, allowing it to get closer to the uterus and provide a much detailed view when compared to transabdominal ultrasound. It can also detect a heartbeat at a much earlier stage than transabdominal scans. Apart from this, it can also detect tumors or abnormalities and assist in tubal sterilization procedures or diagnose pelvic pain or infertility.