An ultrasound is an important screening tool when you have symptoms that suggest a problem with your reproductive or pelvic organs. At Evergreen Integrative Gynecology in Vancouver, Washington, board-certified gynecologist Cynthia McNally, MD, uses ultrasound imaging to get a better understanding of the cause of gynecological symptoms such as irregular bleeding or pelvic pain. For more information about ultrasounds as a diagnostic tool, schedule an appointment using the online tool or call the office.
An ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic screening tool that uses sound waves to create an image of your internal organs.
During an ultrasound, your provider glides a wand over your pelvis and abdominal area (and sometimes in your vagina) to deliver soundwaves into your body. The waves bounce off your organs and transmit information to a computer, which then creates an image that is read by Dr. McNally.
Ultrasound screenings give a good picture of soft and fluid-filled organs. It’s not very effective in evaluating air-filled organs (such as the lungs) or bones.
If you have symptoms that suggest a problem with your pelvic organs, Dr. McNally of Evergreen Integrative Gynecology may use ultrasound imaging to examine the area. That includes your:
If she detects anything unusual, such as a lump or cyst, during a pelvic exam, ultrasound gives Dr. McNally a better look.
In certain cases, Dr. McNally may use an ultrasound to guide a needle biopsy, commonly ordered if you have an unusual growth in one of your reproductive organs.
You may know of ultrasounds as a common tool during pregnancy to evaluate a developing fetus. At Evergreen Integrative Gynecology, pelvic ultrasounds occur when medically indicated. Symptoms that might require ultrasound investigation include:
An ultrasound can help diagnose ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovaries, and tumors. These issues can then be treated with minimally invasive surgery or other methods to restore optimal gynecological health.
Ultrasounds are painless and noninvasive, but give Dr. McNally a real-time image of what’s going on in your pelvic organs. You don’t need any special preparation before or downtime afterward unless otherwise directed.
Ultrasound machines are mobile, and unlike some other screening tests, don't use harmful ionizing radiation.
If you’re having symptoms that require a gynecological ultrasound, call Evergreen Integrative Gynecology for an appointment. You may also schedule online.