Ultrasound of the uterus and ovaries – assessment of the gynaecological organs
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This scan be performed at any stage of the menstrual cycle, however, day 3-5 is the optimal time to assess for endometrial polyps. If irregular bleeding or query polyps is on your referral letter, aim to book an appointment a few days after your period has started.
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
- The Uterus
- The Endometrium
- The Cervix
- The Ovaries
- The Kidneys
Typical requests include
- Query Fibroids
- Endometrial Thickness
- Query Cysts
- Query Endometriosis
- Query Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Query Appendicitis
- 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. You will need a referral letter from a GP with an Irish Medical Council (IMC) number. The referral letter needs to be dated within 6 months of the scan being carried out.
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. We aim to have the report delivered to your GP within 2 business days following your scan. 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?
The examination lasts approximately 20 minutes.