South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health

Gynecology & Women's Health Specialists located in Dadeland, Miami, FL, Boca Raton, FL & Pembroke Pines, FL

A pelvic ultrasound is an important test that can help your doctor diagnose gynecologic conditions, maintain your gynecologic health, and more. At South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health, located in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and the Dadeland area of Miami, Florida, you can receive an ultrasound from board-certified gynecologist Randye Karmin, MD, Lydia Valderrama, MD, or Ninoutchka Dejean, MD at the time of your visit. This allows our doctors to complete a full assessment of your gynecologic health and create a treatment plan, if necessary, in one simple visit. If you want to schedule an ultrasound with South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health, call or book online.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is a pelvic ultrasound?

A pelvic ultrasound is a noninvasive exam that uses sound waves to produce images of the structures and organs within your pelvic region. Using this imaging test, Dr. Karmin gets a clear view of your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix.

Why would I need a pelvic ultrasound?

South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health uses pelvic ultrasounds to:

  • Diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Determine the root cause of chronic pelvic pain
  • Check for signs of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Diagnose and monitor fibroids and/or polyps
  • Discover an ectopic pregnancy
  • Check for signs of cancer, abnormal growths, or tumors
  • Find the cause of fertility problems
  • Look for an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Determine structural concerns with your uterus or ovaries

South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health is not an obstetrics office, so they don’t use ultrasounds to monitor pregnancy. However, they can detect and confirm an early pregnancy.

How do I prepare for a pelvic ultrasound?

How you prepare for a pelvic ultrasound depends on the type you need. If you’re visiting the office for a transvaginal ultrasound, you must completely empty your bladder before the doctor performs the exam. The medical assistant will advise you to empty your bladder if needed before you go into the exam room.

A transabdominal ultrasound, on the other hand, requires a very full bladder. This helps your organs show up as clearly as possible during the ultrasound.

How is a pelvic ultrasound performed?

There are two main ways to perform a pelvic ultrasound in women:

Transvaginal ultrasound

During a transvaginal ultrasound, you lie down on the exam table and put your feet in stirrups. The doctor then puts a small amount of gel on a transducer and gently inserts it into your vagina.

Transabdominal ultrasound

If you need a transabdominal ultrasound, you lie down on the exam table while the doctor coats the transducer in gel and runs it back and forth over your abdomen.

An ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive test. While you may feel slightly uncomfortable during the test, it should never be painful.

Because our doctors always perform your ultrasound personally, rather than a radiologist, at South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health, they will explain your results and answer any questions you may have right away. This means you won’t have to return for a second appointment to get your results.

If you want to schedule a pelvic ultrasound with South Florida Gynecology & Women's Health, call or book an appointment online.