Ultrasound scanning is used to examine the organs in the pelvis and/or abdomen and it can be used to diagnose or monitor existing conditions. Ultrasound scanning is not dangerous and has no side effects.
A Pelvic ultrasound scan is the most effective imaging modality used to examine the uterus and ovaries. It is also used during pregnancy to monitor the health and development of the embryo or fetus.
There are two methods of performing pelvic ultrasound; Supra-pubic (through a full bladder) and trans-vaginal (via the vagina). The same principles of high frequency sound waves apply in each technique.
Pelvic ultrasound can help determine the causes of pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding before or after menopause or other menstrual problems. It is used to identify and assess cysts on the ovaries, fibroids in the uterus and polyps in the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. It is also used to help diagnose ovarian or uterine cancers.
Common conditions found by ultrasound scanning:
- fibroids (myoma) of the uterus
- cysts of the ovaries
- pelvic inflammatory diseases
- abscess — tubo-ovarian abscess, pelvic abscess
- tumors, cancers of the ovaries, uterus
- stones in the bladder, urethra, lower ureters
- lost IUD (intrauterine contraceptive device)
- tumor, inflammation of bladder
- gall stones or polyps
- liver disease
- kidney function
All our ultrasound scans are performed by female specialists
The scan is performed in two parts:
- Part one: is an ultrasound probe over your abdomen, you will need to have a full bladder, if you are travelling a distance to the centre we ask that you arrive 20 minutes before your appointment so that you can drink plenty of water before the scan
- Part two: is performed transvaginally by inserting an ultrasound probe into the vagina, the probe is covered with a condom and gel. The test is usually painless, although some women may have mild discomfort from the pressure of the probe. Only a small part of the probe is placed into the vagina
Following the scan your specialist will tell you what they saw on the ultrasound scan, answer any further question you have, and tell you the best course of action according to your results.
You will also receive a written report and a copy is sent to your GP or consultant.
For further information please speak to one of our trained members of staff.
Both HealthHarmonie and our specialists are recognised by private insurance companies, and treatment fees have been priced competitively to ensure value for money for insured and self fund patients.
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