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West Hills, CA 91307-1904

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Frequently Asked Questions


Pelvic Ultrasound- How is it done?
There are two ways of imaging the pelvic structures with ultrasound: One is called "transabdominal," and requires the patient to fill her bladder (water transmits sound waves, and so a full bladder serves as a "window" into the pelvic structures). The other is called an endovaginal exam. In this case, the ultrasound transducer, or probe, is inserted into the vagina and usually allows for excellent imaging of the pelvic organs. These two types of imaging are often combined in the same exam for the most complete imaging of the pelvis.

What is Doppler or Duplex Ultrasound? A Doppler, or Duplex ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to evaluate blood as it flows through a blood vessel. It helps doctors evaluate blood flow through the major arteries and veins of the neck, arms and legs. It can show narrowing or blockage through the major arteries of the neck that could cause a stroke. It can reveal blood clots in leg veins (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) that could break loose and block blood flow to the lungs (blood clot in the lung, or pulmonary embolism). Doppler can be used to evaluate blood flow to the liver, kidneys, testicles and ovaries, and is used to evaluate the heart beat of a fetus.

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