The purpose of a pelvic exam using a sonogram is to diagnose anatomical problems that may exist within a woman's body. The tool allows our doctors to detect tumors, cysts, and other conditions that may have developed within the uterus or on the ovaries. The pelvic exam using ultrasound technology helps our team to more accurately assess fertility issues.
Pelvic sonography is a very useful tool for infertility. Initially its purpose is to diagnose anatomical problems, so issues such as benign tumors of the uterus, cyst of the ovary are very common in infertility and could be easily assessed by ultrasound. Other anatomical problems of the uterus are more subtle, but our 3D ultrasound technology does allow us to make accurate determinations in most cases. Ultrasonography is also very important in the management of infertility or the fertility treatments because the ultrasound is used as a tool to determine the response of fertility drugs, so again we have to be able to individualize and adjust the treatments within a cycle. We need to be able to know whether the dosage needs to be increased or decreased and so we need to be able to determine how fast the follicles, the eggs within the ovary are maturing. We also need to be able to make an accurate assessment of when the eggs are likely to be mature, so we know when to trigger ovulation or we know when to time the egg retrieval for in vitro fertilization.