What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is the best imaging technique for evaluating the pelvic organs.The most common reasons for having an ultrasound are: abnormal bleeding, including bleeding after the menopause, pain, difficulty in becoming pregnant and assessment of a suspected lump or cyst in the pelvis. Ultrasounds can only be performed when a referral has been received from a Medical Practitioner.
How is the Ultrasound Performed?
Ultrasounds are performed using external and internal vaginal approaches. The internal vaginal scan causes less discomfort than a smear test examination. It almost always gives the best diagnostic information.
With internal examinations A narrow, gel covered probe is gently introduced into the vagina. The sonographer will press down on your tummy and gently move the probe to get a good picture of your pelvic organs.
When Should I have my Ultrasound?
For optimal diagnostic Imaging, we like to scan you between day 5 and 9 of your cycle as this is when the uterine wall is at it's thinnest stage and the best images are obtainable. If the reason for the ultrasound is not urgent the best diagnostic pictures are obtained just after the period has finished. If you do not have a regular cycle, we can see you at any stage.
How should I prepare for the scan?
Vaginal ultrasound is used to create a clearer picture of your reproductive organs. There is no preparation for this ultrasound. In women where an internal ultrasound is not appropriate a full bladder will be needed. Empty your bladder one hour before the appointment time and then drink 4 glasses of water. If you are uncertain please discuss this with your doctor.
How long will it take?
A pelvic scan will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Can I bring a friend along with me for my scan?
We are happy for you to bring a friend along with you. However due to the nature of the vaginal scan you may want privacy at that time. We ask that women who have young children make arrangements to have them taken care of whilst you have your scan. Our sonographers need to concentrate on what they are doing and a crying child can be very distracting for them. We thank you for your understanding.