Pelvic Ultrasound (Female)
A pelvic ultrasound scan is used to assess organs and structures including the uterus, cervix and ovaries within the female pelvis.
How to Prepare for a Pelvic Ultrasound
Patients must drink at least one litre of clear fluid 1-2 hours prior to the examination and should not empty their bladder prior to the procedure.
How is the Ultrasound Performed?
Pelvic ultrasound may be performed using one or both of 2 methods:
- Transabdominal (through the abdomen). A transducer is placed on the abdomen using the conductive gel and the pelvic organs are visualised through the fluid in your bladder
- Transvaginal (through the vagina). A long, thin transducer covered with conducting gel and a latex sheath is inserted into the vagina
The type of ultrasound procedure performed depends on the reason for the ultrasound. One or both methods may be needed to provide the information needed for diagnosis or treatment.
How long will the examination take?
The study usually takes 15-20 minutes After an ultrasound examination you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
When will I get my results?
Within 2hrs of your scan a report will be faxed on to your doctor followed by a copy in the post.