Pelvic Ultrasound Scan

The pelvic ultrasound scan looks at organs in the lower abdomen and pelvic region.  Female Pelvic Ultrasound (Gynaecological Ultrasound) A pelvic Ultrasound scan is indicated when there is pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding and other menstrual problems. During the pelvic ultrasound scan, we will look at the uterus, ovaries and endometrium to help find the cause of these problems. There are many medical problems that can be identified using an ultrasound scan including:

  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Ovarian or Uterine Cancer
  • Position of a contraceptive coil
  • The ultrasound scan can be performed trans-abdominally (externally) but it is often necessary to do an ultrasound scan trans-vaginally (internally)

What will happen during the examination?

During the trans-abdominal (external) ultrasound scan the radiologist or sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the examination area and then press firmly on the skin using an ultrasound probe to get a good image of the examination area. It is recommended that you have a full bladder during this ultrasound scan as it allows the consultant to see the internal organs.  For a trans-vaginal (internal) ultrasound scan you will need to have an empty bladder. The consultant will cover the ultrasound probe with a condom, and then insert it 2 – 3 inches into the vagina. The consultant will then move the probe around to get a good picture of the uterus and ovaries.