What are Cervix Ultrasounds?
An ultrasound of the cervix uses high frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient’s body. It is a painless test that is very commonly used in the medical field today. An ultrasound is also sometimes referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, or ultrasonography. The medical professional that performs an ultrasound is called a sonographer.
As an ultrasound uses sound waves rather than radiation, it is regarded as being a safe scan. Because of this, it is the preferred method to use during pregnancy.
An ultrasound diagnoses problems with internal organs, blood vessels, and soft tissue structures within the body. Although generally associated with being used during pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to examine many other parts of the body including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and many other internal structures.
A pelvic or gynecologic ultrasound is an ultrasound of the female pelvis, which is used to examine the female pelvic organs including the cervix. The cervix can be viewed through a transabdominal ultrasound or a transvaginal ultrasound.
Reasons for a Cervix Ultrasound:
Ultrasounds are used for a multitude of reasons. A physician may order an ultrasound if a patient is experiencing any pain, swelling, or other abnormalities that require an internal view of the organs.
A cervix ultrasound can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.
Ultrasounds can be used to detect cysts, obstructions, and infections in the body. They can also measure blood flow in the arteries to detect blockages.
An ultrasound may be used to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps.
A Cervix Ultrasound may help diagnose (find):
An ultrasound of the cervix can detect cervical fibroids or polyps.
A cervix ultrasound may diagnose advanced cervical cancer.
An ultrasound of the cervix can be used to determine the cause for pelvic pain, painful or irregular periods, infertility, or postmenopausal bleeding.