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Transvaginal ultrasounds

How to prepare for a transvaginal ultrasound A transvaginal ultrasound is a really simple and painless procedure that requires very little preparation.

The doctor may request that your bladder be empty or only partially full. Conversely, they may ask you to come with a full bladder. If this is the case, they may advise you to drink 32 ounces of liquid over a 30-minute period, starting 60 minutes before the examination begins.

The probe is mildly uncomfortable. If you have any concerns about the procedure and how it will feel, talk to the doctor to learn more.

If you have your menstrual period and are wearing a tampon, you will need to remove it before the ultrasound.

Procedure Doctor using ultrasound scanner A sonographer sees the images captured by the transducer on a screen. A doctor or specially trained technician, called a sonographer, will perform most transvaginal ultrasounds.

Once inside the examination room, the individual will need to undress from the waist down and put on a hospital gown before lying down on the examination table with their knees bent. In most cases, they will have a sheet covering them.

The transducer resembles a wand in shape and is slightly larger than a tampon. The sonographer will cover the transducer with a condom and lubricating gel before inserting it into the vagina.

Once the transducer is in place, it will produce sound waves that bounce off the internal organs back to it. The sonographer will use side-to-side and rotational movements to bring different areas into focus. The transducer will transmit the information directly to a TV monitor where it will appear as a series of images.

The images that the transducer captures will display immediately on the screen, making it possible for the sonographer and individual to monitor the examination process in real time.

Risks and side effects Unlike traditional X-rays, a transvaginal ultrasound does not use any radiation. As a result, it is a very safe procedure with no known risks.

It is perfectly safe to perform transvaginal ultrasounds when women are pregnant, and the procedure presents no risk to the fetus.

During the transducer insertion, people may feel some pressure and minimal discomfort. This feeling should subside once the ultrasound has finished.

It is essential to always communicate with the sonographer or doctor performing the examination and to let them know if anything feels particularly uncomfortable.

Interpreting the results If the doctor performs the ultrasound, the individual will get their results immediately. However, if a sonographer carries out the procedure, they will send the images to a radiologist for analysis. The radiologist will then send a written report of the results to the doctor.

Either way, it is important to discuss the ultrasound with the doctor afterward, so that they can explain what the results mean. This discussion can take place either in person or over the phone.

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