Pelvic Ultrasound Sydney NSW
This treatment is performed to measure and evaluate the female pelvic organs.
A general pelvic ultrasound utilises a transducer to visualise and assess the pelvic organs and structure. When the transducer is pressed against the skin, it directs small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body to record internal activity. The pelvic ultrasound allows immediate evaluation and detection of underlying gynaecological complications or other medical conditions.
Pelvic Ultrasound Procedure
Pelvic ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive procedure in which high-frequency sound waves produce images of the structure and organs in the abdomen and pelvis.
The pelvic ultrasound scan can be performed by a transabdominal scan or a transvaginal scan.
- A transabdominal scan is performed with a transducer placed on the abdomen using the conductive gel.
- A transvaginal scan uses a long, thin transducer covered with the conducting gel and a plastic/latex sheath and is inserted into the vagina.
A radiologist or a sonographer specialist will interpret the ultrasound results, analyse the images and send a signed report to your primary care physician.
The scan will evaluate the size, shape and condition of the:
- Uterus / womb (Uterine lining of the womb / endometrium thickness)
- Both ovaries
- Pelvic area / adnexa
Common reasons for referral
- Pain and tenderness in pelvic area
- Swelling and bloating
- Irregular periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Post-menopausal bleeding
- Pre-IVF cycles
- Pre-ovulation assessment
What do I need to take into consideration?
You will be required to attend the ultrasound examination with a comfortably full bladder. A full bladder allows for the best visualisation of the female pelvis, so we ask for you to empty your bladder 1.5 hours before your appointment and then drink a full glass of water.
The best time to perform a pelvic ultrasound is during the first 10 days of your period cycle, so book your examination in accordance to this time.
After a Transvaginal scan procedure, you may have cramping, spotting or a watery discharge for a few hours.