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