Pelvic Ultrasound

What is a pelvic ultrasound?

Pelvic ultrasounds are a medical exam that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures and organs in the lower abdomen and pelvis. It helps doctors to identify and evaluate a variety of urinary and reproductive system disorders.

You will require a full bladder for this examination.

Empty bladder 90 minutes before your appointment. Drink 1 litre of water over the next 30 minutes and HOLD.
You must finish drinking the water 1 hour before the appointment in order to have your bladder full at the time of the appointment.
Please let us know if you have a catheter as we will need you to arrive earlier to see the nurse and have the catheter clamped.

20-30 minutes.
Sometimes, if the bladder is not filled enough at the time of the scan, you will be required to drink more water and allow your bladder to continue filling before we can complete the study. If the bladder is empty, at your appointment time, we may need to reschedule your appointment.

An ultrasound transducer is used to see through the bladder at the uterus and surrounding structures.  

With your consent, an internal examination may be performed during a female pelvic ultrasound. This is called a Transvaginal Ultrasound.  

The examination is performed by a sonographer. The sonographer may be male or female. If you are not comfortable with a male sonographer, please let the reception staff know this prior to your appointment. 

A transvaginal ultrasound is an internal ultrasound whereby a transducer is inserted into the vagina. This transducer used slightly larger than a tampon. It is specifically shaped to fit comfortably into the vagina.  

You will be asked to empty your bladder. Then, in private will need to undress from the waist down, cover yourself with a gown or sheet, and lie on an examination couch. 

A protective cover is placed over the transducer and lubricating gel is applied.  The transducer will be inserted into the vagina. If you would prefer, you may perform this step yourself.  This transducer is gently moved around to acquire imaging of the pelvis. If you experience any discomfort, please notify the sonographer during the procedure. 

What are the benefits of a transvaginal ultrasound?

The insertion of the transducer into the vagina allows a very clear view of the uterus and surrounding organs.



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