A pelvic exam can be completed using an ultrasound, and is commonly used during pregnancy to check on the prenatal development of the fetus. A rectal ultrasound examines the male pelvis.
What can a pelvic ultrasound detect?
Ovarian masses, chronic pelvic pain (which is caused by endometriosis). A pelvic ultrasound can help spot the early symptoms of endometrial cancer.
Types of Pelvic Ultrasounds
A Doppler ultrasound may be part of a pelvic ultrasound examination. There are three types of pelvic ultrasound examinations:
- Transabdominal – Through the abdomen.
- Transvaginal Through the vagina.
- Rectal Ultrasound examination of the pelvis for men.