Your doctor may request a pelvic ultrasound scan to assess the following:
- Pelvic pain
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Problems with fertility
How is the pelvic ultrasound examination done?
An ultrasound examination is usually carried out using both an abdominal and a vaginal approach.
The ultrasound transducer is placed on the lower abdomen, its movement lubricated with some gel. Usually the uterus and ovaries are visible. Pelvic masses, which may extend further up inside the abdomen, can also be seen.
It is useful to have a moderately full bladder, which can allow better pictures of the anatomy of the pelvis. An hour before your appointment, please empty your bladder and drink 2 standard glasses of water. Please do not go to the toilet again until after your scan. We do not need you to have an uncomfortably full bladder. Please talk to our reception staff if you are uncomfortable while waiting for your scan.
With an empty bladder, a small ultrasound transducer, covered by a disposable protective sheath, is gently inserted into the vagina. The transvaginal transducer allows improved visualisation of both the ovaries and the uterus because the transducer can be placed closer to them.