Female Pelvic Ultrasound

What is it?

A female pelvic ultrasound is a very common examination that is performed to investigate the cause of several symptoms and signs, which could indicate a variety of gynaecological conditions that your doctor may suspect or wish to rule out as a possible diagnosis. The organs and structures that are examined include the bladder, cervix, vagina, uterus, ovaries and the soft tissue that lies between and around these regions. The exam usually takes between 10 - 20 mins.

Do I need to do anything before the examination?

In order for this examination to be successful, you will be requested to drink plenty of water prior to the examination so that your bladder is full. This allows better visualisation of the pelvic structures and organs. You may use our toilets immediately at the conclusion of the exam.

How is it done?

There are two components to a female pelvic ultrasound exam:

Transabdominal - A small amount of gel is applied on the lower abdominal skin. The examination does not hurt, however the sonographer will need to apply a bit of pressure to view better images which may cause slight discomfort.The gel used is water based, dries clear andgeatly improves the image qualty. Immediately after the exam you may use the toilet to relieve yourself.

Trasvaginal - If considered necessary, the sonographer will inform you about this internal scan that we also do which involves inserting a sterilised special probe through the vagina to examine the uterus, ovaries and structures between and around these organs. This is needed when the pelvis structures could not be seen adequately in the transabdominal scan and often gives much better images. Your consent is vital for the transvaginal scan and it is therefore your decision whether or not to have it done, or even to stop the exam if at any pont you are not comfortable. The transvaginal scan is NOT performed in patients below 16 years or in virginal patients.