For a transabdominal ultrasound
You will lie on your back on an examination table. A gel-like substance will be applied to your abdomen.
The transducer will be pressed against the skin and moved around over the area being studied.
Images of structures will be displayed on the computer screen. Images will be recorded on various media for the health care record.
Once the procedure has been completed, the gel will be removed.
You may empty your bladder when the procedure is completed.
For a transvaginal ultrasound
If asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.
You will lie on an examination table, with your feet and legs supported as for a pelvic examination.
A long, thin transvaginal transducer will be covered with a plastic or latex sheath and lubricated. The tip of the transducer will be inserted into your vagina. This may be slightly uncomfortable.
The transducer will be gently turned and angled to bring the areas for study into focus. You may feel mild pressure as the transducer is moved.
Images of organs and structures will be displayed on the computer screen. Images may be recorded on various media for the health care record.
Once the procedure has been completed, the transducer will be removed.