A pelvic ultrasound may detect a wide variety of diseases of the female genital tract, some of which require treatment. The examination assesses the structure of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and other pelvic structures.
This appointment will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. We do our best to run on time, however situations outside of our control can result in delays in the scheduling.
This procedure is normally performed transvaginally with an empty bladder. However, if you have never had sexual intercourse or if you have never used tampons, you may prefer the examination to be performed transabdominally, although transvaginal ultrasound does allow us to obtain much clearer images.
If you are to be scanned transabdominally, you will need to drink one litre of water an hour before the procedure so your bladder is full.
With transvaginal ultrasound, the transducer (probe) is positioned close to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and other pelvic structures and thus a far superior quality ultrasound image is obtained.
The probe is covered with a disposable sheath and gently placed into the vagina under ultrasound control. The probe sits in the vagina throughout the examination which usually takes 10-15 minutes. You will be completely covered with a drape during the examination. The ultrasound images of your pelvis will be on a monitor above the examination bed and explained to you as the examination progresses. If you do not wish to see the images, please inform the staff prior to the scan.
Dr Frank Carmody routinely performs the gynaecological scan. However, if you prefer a female sonographer, this can be arranged by advising us prior to the day of your appointment so we can adjust our scheduling accordingly.