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Pelvic Ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound (or sonogram) is an exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a picture of the inside of your pelvis or lower abdomen.

No radiation or X-rays are necessary. A pelvic ultrasound is performed to look for causes of pelvic discomfort, which may be related to problems with your ovaries, uterus or other structures in the pelvis. The exam may detect abnormalities of these organs including enlargements, cysts or tumors.

Before Your Ultrasound

  • Drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour before your examination.
  • Do not empty your bladder before the ultrasound exam.
  • You may eat normally.

During Your Ultrasound

  • A registered sonographer will move a hand-held device called a transducer over your skin.
  • Pictures of your pelvic organs will appear on a video screen and several images and measurements will be recorded.
  • You may be asked to move into different positions on the exam table.
  • Occasionally, you may need to have additional pictures taken from the inside of your vagina. By inserting a transducer, shaped like and slightly smaller than a tampon, into your vagina, additional pictures are obtained.
  • Your pelvic ultrasound will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

After Your Ultrasound

  • You may empty your bladder and resume your normal activities.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO