Consider ultrasound first for imaging the female pelvis

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Apr;212(4):450-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.02.015.


Ultrasound technology has evolved dramatically in recent years and now includes applications such as 3-dimensional volume imaging, real-time evaluation of pelvic organs (simultaneous with the physical examination), and Doppler blood flow mapping without the need for contrast, which makes ultrasound imaging unique for imaging the female pelvis. Among the many cross-sectional imaging techniques, we should use the most informative, less invasive, and less expensive modality to avoid radiation when possible. Hence, ultrasound imaging should be the first imaging modality used in women with pelvic symptoms.

Keywords: 3D ultrasound imaging; female pelvis; tenderness guided imaging.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Pelvis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / methods