What is pelvic 3D ultrasound?

Pelvic ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the reproductive organs. Vibrations from the ultrasound machine enter the body and echo back to make a picture.

A pelvic 3D ultrasound includes a routine pelvic ultrasound with additional 3D views. During an exam, a technologist uses a special probe to take many images from many angles. After the exam, we review the images and create the 3D views.

A doctor may order a pelvic 3D ultrasound for many reasons such as finding the cause of abnormal bleeding or the location of an IUD.

What are the benefits of pelvic 3D ultrasound?

Pelvic 3D ultrasound may provide a clearer, more accurate view compared to routine pelvic ultrasound.  3D images can show important details that other types of imaging do not. This information helps diagnose medical conditions and may prevent the need for more tests.

What are the risks of pelvic 3D ultrasound?

Similar to any other ultrasound exam, pelvic 3D ultrasound is safe for patients.

Unlike other imaging exams such as X-ray or CT, pelvic 3D ultrasound does not use radiation. It also does not use contrast.

How much does pelvic 3D ultrasound cost?

The cost of a pelvic 3D ultrasound can vary depending on if you have insurance and what your insurance covers. If you would like to get an estimate for the cost of a pelvic 3D ultrasound, call Partners HealthCare Patient Billing Solutions at 617-726-3884. Provide CPT code 76377 to identify the exam.

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Is pelvic 3D ultrasound covered by insurance?

Many insurance companies may not cover pelvic 3D ultrasound. Before your appointment, ask your health insurance about your coverage. Find out if you are responsible for any copayments, coinsurances or deductibles.

If your health insurance does not cover pelvic 3D ultrasound, you are responsible for the bill. If you are covered and you have a high-deductible insurance plan, you may still receive a bill.  

What if I get an Explanation of Benefits?

Your health insurance may send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) related to your pelvic 3D ultrasound. It is not a bill. If you receive one, it does not automatically mean you owe money.  

Partners HealthCare Patient Billing Solutions can answer questions about an EOB. Call 617-726-3884 and provide the CPT code 76377 to identify the exam.

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