Transabdominal Ultrasonography To Get A Closer Look Of The Abdomen/Pelvis

Pelvic Ultrasound Imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions by capturing images of the structures and organs in the lower abdomen or pelvis.

There Are Three Types Of Pelvic Ultrasound:

  • Transabdominal
  • Transvaginal for women
  • Transrectal for men
Transabdominal Ultrasonography is a medical test used to examine the organs in the abdomen. It is generally used to obtain images of hepatobiliary and urogenital tract and pelvic structures. Its utility for imaging the alimentary gastrointestinal tract is less well established due to technical intricacies in obtaining quality images of these regions. However improvements in ultrasound technology have widened the scope broadening its applications.

Transabdominal ultrasound is performed to evaluate the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes in women, while in men it evaluates the bladder, prostate gland, and seminal vesicles.

This Test Is Performed To:

  • Detect the cause of blood in urine (hematuria). In this test ultrasound for kidneys is also performed.
  • Check the causes for urinary problems
  • Observe the bladder size before and after urination to check if bladder is emptying completely after urination
  • Check for pelvis growth
  • Guide the needle placement during biopsy or fluid drainage procedure from cyst or abscess
For the ultrasound exam, the patient is positioned lying face-up on an examination table. A water based gel is applied to the site of the body being studied to eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The sonographer presses the transducer firmly against the skin and moves it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured.

If the scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, the patient feels pressure or minor pain from the transducer. On the other hand, the ultrasound exams for which the transducer is inserted into an opening of the body the patient may feel little discomfort.

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