Pelvic Ultrasound Pictures Of Uterine Fibroids

Is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) safe? Yes, UFE can be a safe process that is performed inside the hospital by the radiologist with the goal of stopping blood from going in to the fibroids as a result diminishing the actual fibroid over-time. This specific practice is likewise referred to as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), however UFE is primarily intended for fibroid tumor different from UAE which may be applied to trauma and bleeding right after childbirth. In more detail, this informative article concentrates on how the process is performed, how trustworthy it is the great sides of the process, as well as the dangers and negative effects of the said process.

Uterine fibroid embolization does not need serious processes, so how is it carried out? UFE is carried out by giving the individual some sort of medication which will cause these individuals to calm down and is actually not a general anesthesia. As soon the individual does not feel pain, the medical specialist cuts a small portion in the groin and positions a catheter, called a tiny tube.
The tube will be placed within a blood vessel to the actual uterus and small particles will be injected to the tube. These types of particles are usually constructed of plastic-type material such as grains of fine sand that brings about a stop to the particular blood stream in to the fibroids. Without blood coming to the fibroid, the actual tumor is going to then dissolve over-time.

How dependable is UFE? Surprisingly, this process is really trustworthy in lessening far too much blood loss at an extreme rate of 85% to 95%. Scientific studies actually prove that 80% of girls who have been through the actual procedure have been relieved of their extreme pain. And in terms regarding helping to make pelvic pressure much better this will go upward to 60% to 96% which is really a great sign.

What exactly are the great attributes connected with uterine fibroid embolization? UFE does not need you to remain inside the medical center for several weeks. Right after the procedure, you may remain one night after and which go home the following day. You'll be able to resume typical or every day chores immediately after one week. Plus you do not have lots of blood lost and a large scar. Even much better, you don't need sleep medicines in the course of the entire process.

Though uterine fibroid embolization doesn't call for extreme processes you will find nevertheless dangers and negative effects within the procedure. Exactly what are some of these dangers and negative effects? Right after the first couple of hours of the process, some girls tend to have mild to extreme cramping, as well as queasiness and temperature. Various other girls pick up bacterial infections and some others also incur injuries of the uterus which may possibly lead to removing the uterus.

Summing this up, uterine fibroid embolization is actually nonetheless safe and dependable. This is a procedure that many should take away from surgical treatment anytime shrinking fibroid tumor.

pelvic ultrasound pictures of uterine fibroids


  1. Elyse
      April 29, 2013

    what does my ultrasound picture mean?
    I just had an ultra sound today. one over my stomach and one in my vagina to see my ovaries.
    I had a leep procedure done about 3 weeks ago and have had a lot of pain since.. so they wanted to check everything out.
    I saw the the screen and the lady didnt say much to me… but I saw her put little red and blue dots on the pictures she was seeing.
    I was wondering if anyone could tell me what those dots were for?
    if it was to mark something serious or just what they do?
    she said my doctor will call me next week with results…

    • Lissacal
        February 28, 2014

      Those symbols you saw are measuring calipers, or in other words, an onscreen ruler. When we do a pelvic ultrasound, we measure the size of the uterus, ovaries and the thickness of the endometrial lining within the uterus. We would also measure ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids, if they are present. Because the ultrasound technologist can change the size of the image on the screen, this is a way to accurately measure size. So, seeing these symbols does not necessarily mean that something abnormal was discovered during your scan. Every pelvic ultrasound will contain some type of symbols. These symbols will vary depending on the type of ultrasound machine. An Acuson machine will have different symbols than a GE machine. My machine uses little white “x”s, rather than blue and red dots.

  2. BURT
      October 28, 2013

    Pelvic Ultrasound??
    Hi I’m getting a Pelvic Ultrasound soon. My gasternoloigst suggested getting one. What exactly is that and what do they detect? Thanks

    • Nichole
        December 30, 2013

      hi there!! don’t worry it doesn’t hurt it just sounds painful I know!!

      Here is what a pelvic ultrasound basically does.

      In women, the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes.

      Organs and structures that are solid and uniform, like the uterus, ovaries, or prostate gland, or are fluid-filled, like the bladder, show up clearly on a pelvic ultrasound. Bones or air-filled organs, like the intestines, do not show up well on an ultrasound and may prevent other organs from being seen clearly.

      Pelvic Ultrasound can be done in three ways:
      Transabdominal ultrasound. A small handheld device called a transducer is passed back and forth over the lower belly. A transabdominal ultrasound is commonly done in women to look for large uterine fibroids or other problems.
      (also referred to as an ultrasound) (using a warm jelly on your belly)

      The transducer is shaped to fit into a woman’s vagina. A woman may have both transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasounds to look at the whole pelvic area. A transvaginal ultrasound is done to look for problems with fertility. In rare cases, a hysterosonogram is done to look at the inside of the uterus by filling the uterus with fluid during a transvaginal ultrasound. (also referred as a sonogram)

      Transrectal ultrasound. The transducer is shaped to fit into the rectum. A transrectal ultrasound is the most common test to look at the male pelvic organs, such as the prostate and seminal vesicles.

      In all three types of pelvic ultrasound, the transducer sends the reflected sound waves to a computer, which makes them into a picture that is shown on a video screen. Ultrasound pictures or videos may be saved as a permanent record.

  3. R. Gaspari
      November 8, 2013

    What is the benefit of a hysterosalpingogram over a hysterosonogram for ladies?

    Excellent Dubs! Thank you so much!

  4. noname
      December 28, 2013

    uterine fibroids?
    i think i have them please tell me symtoms in good detail

    • Wondering
        January 23, 2014

      What are uterine fibroids?

      Uterine fibroids are lumps that grow on your uterus. You can have fibroids on the inside, on the outside, or in the wall of your uterus.

      Your doctor may call them fibroid tumors, leiomyomas, or myomas. But fibroids are not cancer. You do not need to do anything about them unless they are causing problems.

      Fibroids are very common in women in their 30s and 40s. By the time they are 50, about 80 women out of 100 have fibroids. But fibroids usually do not cause problems. Many women never even know they have them.

      What causes uterine fibroids?

      Doctors are not sure what causes fibroids. But the female hormones estrogen and progesterone seem to make them grow. Your body makes the highest levels of these hormones during the years when you have periods.

      Your body makes less of these hormones after you stop having periods (menopause). Fibroids usually shrink after menopause and stop causing symptoms.

      What are the symptoms?

      Often, fibroids do not cause symptoms. Or the symptoms may be mild, like periods that are a little heavier than normal. If the fibroids bleed or press on your organs, the symptoms may make it hard for you to enjoy life. Fibroids make some women have:

      Long, gushing periods and cramping.
      Fullness or pressure in their belly.
      Low back pain.
      Pain during sex.
      An urge to pee often.
      Heavy bleeding during your periods can lead to anemia. Anemia can make you feel weak and tired.

      Sometimes, fibroids can make it harder to get pregnant. Or they may cause problems during pregnancy, such as going into early labor or losing the baby (miscarriage).

      How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?

      To find out if you have fibroids, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms. He or she will do a pelvic exam to check the size of your uterus.

      Your doctor may send you to have an ultrasound or another type of test that shows pictures of your uterus. These help your doctor see how large your fibroids are and where they are growing.

      Your doctor may also do blood tests to look for anemia or other problems.

      How are they treated?

      If your fibroids are not bothering you, you do not need to do anything about them. Your doctor will check them during your regular visits to see if they have gotten bigger.

      If your main symptoms are pain and heavy bleeding, try an over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen, and ask your doctor about birth control pills. These can help you feel better and make your periods lighter. If you have anemia, take iron pills and eat foods that are high in iron, like meats, beans, and leafy green vegetables.

      If your symptoms bother you a lot, you may want to think about surgery. Most of the time fibroids grow slowly, so you can take time to consider your choices.

      There are two main types of surgery for fibroids. Which is better for you depends on how big your fibroids are, where they are, and whether you want to have children.

      Surgery to take out the fibroids is called myomectomy. Your doctor may suggest it if you hope to get pregnant or just want to keep your uterus. It may improve your chances of having a baby. But it only works if your fibroids are small, and they may grow back.
      Surgery to take out your uterus is called hysterectomy. This is the most common surgery for fibroids. And it is the only way to make sure that fibroids will not come back. Your symptoms will go away, but you will not be able to get pregnant.
      It is normal to have mixed feelings about hysterectomy. Some women are sad to lose part of what makes them a woman. Other women just want their symptoms to go away. If you are thinking about hysterectomy, learn all you can about it. This will help you make the choice that is right for you.

      There are a number of other ways to treat fibroids. One newer treatment is called uterine fibroid embolization. It can shrink fibroids. It may be a choice if you do not want to have children but want to keep your uterus. It is not a surgery, so you feel better soon. But fibroids may grow back.

      If you are near menopause, you might try medicines to treat your symptoms. Heavy periods will stop after menopause.

  5. Jen
      January 26, 2014

    Pelvic & abdominal ultrasounds?
    When having both an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound done for say lower left pelvic pain, does the sonographer only look at the reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) bladder and kidneys?

    Are they able to view your colon and bowel as well? If you say had an enlarged lymph node or a hernia in your lower left pelvis and had a pelvic or abdominal ultrasound done, would this be seen on the ultrasound or picked up if the sonographer wasn’t looking specifically for these things?

    I’m just trying to figure out what can and can’t be seen with a pelvic and abdominal ultrasound and that if you have a palpable lump in your pelvis (and it was not a mass (cyst), what else could it be that would/could be seen on the pelvic or abdominal ultrasound?

    • `
        February 1, 2014

      In women, a pelvic or abdominal ultrasound is most often performed to evaluate the:

      fallopian tubes

      Ultrasound examinations can help diagnose symptoms experienced by women such as:
      pelvic pain
      abnormal bleeding
      other menstrual problems
      and help identify:
      palpable masses such as ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids
      ovarian or uterine cancers

      A transvaginal ultrasound is usually performed to view the endometrium or the lining of the uterus, including its thickness and any associated ovarian abnormality. Transvaginal ultrasound also affords a good way to evaluate the muscular walls of the uterus, called the myometrium.

      Hysterosonography allows for a more in-depth investigation of uterine cavity. These exams are typically performed to detect:
      uterine anomalies
      cancer, especially in patients with abnormal uterine bleeding
      Some physicians also use hysterosonography for patients with infertility.

      In general an Ultrasound allows doctors to see the soft tissues in your body. Sound waves bounce off of things. The Ultrasound machine converts the echoes (or bounces of sound waves) into pictures.

      It does not show the bone structure; x-rays do that very well. The gall bladder is commonly evaluated with Ultrasound as a first test. The sound waves not only bounce off of the gall bladder, showing us its size and shape but also, some sound waves penetrate the gall bladder and will bounce off of stones, if they are present. The liver is also well seen with Ultrasound. It can detect the size and shape of some tumors and abscesses The radiologist can measure the size of the bile ducts to look for enlargement caused by a tumor or stone.

      An Ultrasound test can also detect an aneurysm of the aorta before it becomes life threatening.

      Yes, you can see the bowel in an ultrasound. If there was a question, the doctor would then order further testing. The colon would be visualized better by CAT Scan. All the things you’ve mentioned will show, the colon will show a bit but, not well. Make sure that you tell the technician the exact area that is in pain that way there’s no guessing or worrying on your part. Good luck!

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