What are Bladder Ultrasounds?
An ultrasound of the bladder uses high frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient’s body. It is a painless test that is 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.
It is recommended to take a transabdominal pelvic ultrasound of the bladder and pelvis when the bladder is full as it provides a "window" for seeing deep into the pelvis.
It is recommended to take a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound of the bladder and pelvis when the bladder is empty, as the results help physicians see an entirely different view.
An ultrasound of the bladder is often done along with an ultrasound of the kidneys.
Reasons for a Bladder 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 bladder 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 Bladder Ultrasound may help diagnose (find):
A bladder ultrasound is used in urology, a branch of medicine that focuses on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.
An ultrasound of the bladder is used to check how much urine remains in a patient's bladder after urinating.
A bladder ultrasound can show any obvious abnormalities of the bladder, the size of the bladder, the thickness of the bladder walls, and the presence of blockages or stones.