- What is a Pelvic Ultrasound Scan?
A pelvic ultrasound scan is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to create images of the organs in the pelvic region such as the uterus, ovaries, Endometrium, and prostate in men. The scan helps in diagnosing conditions, monitoring pregnancy, and guiding certain medical procedures.
- Why Would I Need a Pelvic Ultrasound Scan?
You may need a pelvic ultrasound scan for various reasons, such as evaluating pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycles, fertility issues, or abnormal bleeding. It’s also used in pregnancy to monitor the health of the fetus and in men to assess prostate gland conditions.
- How Should I Prepare for a Pelvic Ultrasound?
For your upcoming pelvic ultrasound scan, certain preparation steps are crucial for optimal imaging. For the 1st part of the scan (transabdominal), you’ll likely be asked to drink about 1 litre of water prior to your appointment. This is to ensure your bladder is full, enhancing the visibility of the pelvic organs; it’s important to keep your bladder full during this part of the scan.
For the 2nd part of the scan (transvaginal), you’ll need to empty your bladder. After using the restroom, you will return to continue with the transvaginal scan. Generally, no additional special preparations are necessary for this part of the procedure, making the process straightforward and efficient.
- Is a Pelvic Ultrasound Scan Painful?
pelvic ultrasound scans are generally painless. Some discomfort may be experienced during a transvaginal ultrasound when the transducer is inserted, but it is usually minimal. If you feel pain, inform the technician immediately.
- How Long Does the Scan Take?
The scan typically takes about 20 minutes. But this may vary depending on the specific requirements of your scan.
- What is the Difference Between a Transabdominal and Transvaginal Ultrasound?
A transabdominal ultrasound is performed over the abdomen using a transducer with a conductive gel. A transvaginal ultrasound involves inserting a specially designed probe into the vagina for a closer view of the pelvic organs. The latter provides more detailed images but is more invasive.
- Can I Have a Pelvic Ultrasound Scan During Pregnancy?
Yes, pelvic ultrasound scans are safe during pregnancy. They are a standard method for monitoring the development of the fetus and detecting any potential issues.
- What Kind of Results Can I Expect from My Pelvic Ultrasound?
Results can include information about the size, shape, and position of pelvic organs, identification of masses or cysts, assessment of the pregnancy, and evaluation of blood flow in pelvic vessels. The images help in diagnosing various conditions and guiding treatment decisions.
- How and When Will I Receive My Ultrasound Results?
Results will be sent to you via email and you will be advised to share it with your GP immediately. The time frame for receiving results is up to 24 hours.
- What Should I Do After My Pelvic Ultrasound Scan?
Usually, no special care is needed after a pelvic ultrasound. You can resume normal activities immediately. If the scan was for diagnostic purposes, follow up with your doctor to discuss the results and any further treatment or tests that may be needed.