A pelvic ultrasound scan serves to image the organs of the pelvis – in women this includes the uterus, lining of the uterus and the ovaries and in men it includes the bladder, prostate and kidneys. It is a quick, non-invasive way of confirming or excluding certain pathology in relation to the pelvic organs. We perform transvaginal scanning for our female patients who are referred for this type of examination as this method of scanning is superior to transabdominal scanning.
This scan examines
Typical requests include
Query Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Location of Intrauterine Contraceptive Device
How to prepare for a pelvic ultrasound
The patient is required to have a full bladder for a pelvic ultrasound. The bladder will be emptied if it is necessary to carry out a transvaginal examination.
What to expect from a pelvic ultrasound?
Ultrasound gel is placed on the patient’s abdomen and the organs are scanned with an ultrasound probe. The organs of interest are examined and multiple images of them are taken for analysis by a consultant radiologist. The results of the scan will be sent to the patient’s referring doctor within 48 hours of the examination being carried out. In cases where are transvaginal scan is carried out, the patient is asked to empty her bladder. The transvaginal probe is covered with a sheath and is inserted into the vagina of the patient to obtain images of the uterus and ovaries. This should take no longer than 5 minutes to perform.
How long does a pelvic ultrasound examination last?