Gynecological Diagnostic Ultrasound Is a Valuable Medical Tool for Diagnosing Problems
We use gynecological diagnostic ultrasound exams to help us diagnose many different gynecological problems. It is often used in conjunction with other tests to help Renaissance Women’s Group ObGyns arrive at a diagnosis.
A gynecological ultrasound exam may be a transabdominal diagnostic ultrasound, where the transducer is moved across your abdomen; or it may be a transvaginal diagnostic ultrasound, where the transducer is inserted into the vagina, or frequently both. The transducer is a device that receives and sends signals during the ultrasound to produce the images.
Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe procedure which has not been shown to have any side effects and does not involve radiation exposure.
Pelvic Diagnostic Ultrasound
The ObGyn team at Renaissance Women’s Group uses pelvic diagnostic ultrasound to diagnose many conditions. It can be used when women have these symptoms:
- Menstrual problems or abnormal bleeding
- Abdominal or Pelvic pain
- Post-menopausal bleeding
- Pelvic or abdominal masses
- Fertility concerns
Pelvic diagnostic ultrasound exams allow an ObGyn to see and evaluate the female pelvic region, including:
- Fallopian tubes
It is also used to help identify any masses that may be suspected, such as uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts. Pelvic diagnostic ultrasound is also an important tool that helps us diagnose uterine or ovarian cancer.
Sonohysterography (Diagnostic Ultrasound of the Uterus)
Sonohysterography is a special diagnostic ultrasound that uses a sterile saline solution to provide a better picture of the uterus, allowing Renaissance Women’s Group ObGyns to diagnose a variety of problems.
Here’s how it works:
- We perform a baseline transvaginal diagnostic ultrasound
- We inject the sterile saline solution into the uterine cavity to perform the second ultrasound or sonohysterography. The saline solution:
- Outlines the lining of the uterine cavity or endometrium, as well as distends the cavity, providing us with a better image and opportunity for measurement
- Identifies masses and/or polyps that may be inside the uterine cavity
- Allows physicians to check the fallopian tubes to see if they are open
Sonohysterography helps us evaluate patients who have unexplained vaginal bleeding, which may be caused by fibroids, polyps, endometrial adhesions or atrophy, congenital defects or other uterine abnormalities.
Your Gynecological Diagnostic Ultrasound Is in Expert Hands at RWG
Dr. Byron Darby was the first physician in Central Texas to have ultrasound in the office, and the first in Austin to offer genetic amniocentesis and CVS procedures to detect chromosomal abnormalities. Dr. Darby now devotes his entire practice to ultrasound and prenatal testing. His practice at Renaissance Women’s Group has received the coveted American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Accreditation recognizing excellence in ObGyn ultrasound.
If you would like to make an appointment, contact us. Renaissance Women’s Group physicians provide the expertise and experience patients need to make informed decisions regarding their care.