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GYN Ultrasound

GYN Ultrasound

GYN Ultrasound services offered in Edina and Burnsville, MN

If you are experiencing unexplained bleeding or pelvic pain, need an IUD located, or are interested in follicular monitoring for infertility, Southdale ObGyn offers GYN ultrasound. This noninvasive imaging test uses sound waves to detect various abnormalities and medical issues. To find out more about GYN ultrasounds, call the office in Edina or Burnsville, Minnesota, or request an appointment online at your earliest convenience.

GYN Ultrasound Q & A

What is a GYN ultrasound?

A GYN ultrasound, or gynecological ultrasound, is a painless and noninvasive imaging test that uses sound waves to create images of the internal reproductive structures, including the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. 

Health care professionals use ultrasound to diagnose gynecologic problems. Most ultrasounds last between 15-45 minutes. Depending on what youre having done, in many cases there is no need for prep. If there may be some need for preparation, our practice will guide you accordingly.

Once your ultrasound is complete, you return to your regular routines. There’s no downtime and no recovery needed. 

Why would a gynecologist order an ultrasound?

A GYN ultrasound is an effective method your Southdale ObGyn provider uses to further understand and evaluate the following:

  • Uterine and ovarian anatomy
  • Unexplained bleeding or pain
  • IUD location
  • Follicular monitoring for infertility

Pelvic ultrasound can also assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical issues such as:

  • Abnormal growths, such as tumors or cancer
  • Abnormalities in the anatomic structure of the uterus, including endometrial conditions
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Establishing a baseline and monitoring of ovarian follicle size for infertility evaluation
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Fibroid tumors, masses, cysts, and other types of tumors within the pelvic
  • Sonohysterography

Some GYN ultrasounds require a full bladder, such as those performed for uterine and ovarian anatomy or unexplained bleeding or pain. Other GYN ultrasounds require an empty bladder, like IUD location or follicular monitoring for infertility. Our staff will provide instructions prior to your ultrasound. 

The team at Southdale ObGyn will go over your ultrasound specifics with you before your appointment.

Are there different types of GYN ultrasounds?

A GYN ultrasound can involve different methods. There are two types of gynecological ultrasounds:

Transabdominal ultrasound

A transabdominal ultrasound is done by scanning through your abdominal skin over the top of the pelvis. This type of imaging is done with a full bladder.

Transvaginal ultrasound

A transvaginal ultrasound is done using a slim probe inserted into the vagina.

At the time of your GYN ultrasound exam, your Southdale ObGyn sonographer will determine which approach is best for you. 

To learn more about the services and conveniences available at Southdale ObGyn and to schedule a GYN ultrasound visit, call the office or request an appointment online today.