Pelvic Ultrasound (Female)

A pelvic ultrasound provides pictures of the structures and organs in the lower abdomen or pelvis. The primary structures being examined are the uterus, cervix and ovaries. In some instances the sonographer may also examine the bladder and kidneys.

Time

Approximately 20 -30 minutes.

Preparation

2 hours before your examination time, empty your bladder. Over the next hour, drink 1 Litre of water. Then, do not empty your bladder until the sonographer performing your examination asks you to.

It is important you have a full bladder for the examination. You should wear a loose-fitting, two-piece outfit for the examination. You may eat as normal.

What to Expect

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Special Information

The best way to examine the pelvic organs in detail is to have a “closer” look by performing an internal (trans-vaginal) ultrasound. Trans-vaginal ultrasound is usually recommended on patients who are 18 years and above. It is not always appropriate to have an trans-vaginal ultrasound, e.g. for children, anyone who has not had an internal examination by their doctor, or there may be other reasons that an internal ultrasound is not considered appropriate.

The trans-vaginal ultrasound consists of using a specialised ultrasound transducer (probe) designed to be placed inside the vagina. The transducer is no bigger than a fingers width. It is sterilised and covered with a hygienic cover. Some lubrication is placed on the tip of the transducer. In most instances, you will be asked to insert the probe yourself; otherwise you may request the sonographer to do so.

The health professional performing the examination will explain the process in detail and ensure that you are happy to have it performed this way. The trans-vaginal ultrasound is only performed if you consent to the examination. You may request the examination to cease at any time if you wish.

Our team of sonographers are highly trained professionals that are sensitive to the nature of this examination.

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