Pelvic Ultrasound


A pelvic ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic exam that produces images that are used to assess organs and structures within the female pelvis. A pelvic ultrasound allows quick visualization of the female pelvic organs and structures including the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

There are three types of pelvic ultrasound: abdominal, vaginal (for women), and rectal (for men).

  • Transabdominal (through the abdomen) - A transducer is placed on the abdomen using the conductive gel
  • Transvaginal (through the vagina) - A long, thin transducer is covered with the conducting gel and a plastic/latex sheath and is inserted into the vagina.
  • In men, a pelvic ultrasound is used to evaluate the:
    1. Bladder
    2. Seminal Vesicles
    3. Prostate
  • Transrectal ultrasound, a special study usually done to view the prostate gland, involves inserting a specialized ultrasound transducer into a man's rectum.