How Is Ultrasound Used in Women’s Health?

An ultrasound is a painless test that uses sound waves to create pictures of structures inside your body. Ultrasound is an effective tool to diagnose a problem or condition in your pelvic area or breast. At Banner Health, we offer both pelvic ultrasounds and breast ultrasounds.

What Is a Pelvic Ultrasound?

There are 2 types of pelvic ultrasound. During a transabdominal ultrasound, a technician moves an instrument called a transducer over your abdomen. During a transvaginal ultrasound, the technician inserts the instrument into your vagina.

Why Do I Need a Pelvic Ultrasound?

You might need a pelvic ultrasound for:

  • A mass, cyst, fibroid or other problem with your uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Fertility treatment
  • Fetal monitoring during pregnancy
  • Infection and inflammation

What Is a Breast Ultrasound?

You may need a breast ultrasound to investigate a mammogram result that causes your doctor some concern. Ultrasound technology is especially useful to check women who have dense breasts.

In breast ultrasound, a technician moves the transducer over your breasts to create pictures for a radiologist to review your breast health.

Why Do I Need a Breast Ultrasound?

You might need a breast ultrasound for reasons that include:

  • You are pregnant and need a breast exam; ultrasound doesn’t use radiation and is safer than a mammogram for the baby
  • You have breasts that are too dense for a mammogram
  • You have silicone breast implants
  • Your mammogram found a problem that may be a cyst filled with fluid or a solid tumor

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