The Female Pelvic Ultrasound Scan

A pelvic scan is a detailed gynaecological examination of the reproductive organs using ultrasound. You may require a pelvic scan If you’ve had pelvic pain, lower abdominal pain, unexplained bleeding, heavy periods, period pains or bleeding after the menopause. You may need a pelvic scan to check the health of your ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.

A pelvic scan is a detailed gynaecological examination of the reproductive organs using ultrasound.

Pelvic scans are also useful to monitor ongoing gynaecological problems such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Uterine Fibroids.An ultrasound scan will give a clear view of your pelvic organs and will help determine a possible cause of the problem. This scan may be performed externally and internally for maximum accuracy.
Most of our patients are referred to us by their doctor, but you can also self-refer without a note from your GP.

You will receive
• Results on the day
• A detailed Consultant Radiologist report will be provided for you, your gynaecologist or your GP

Preparation:

A full bladder is required for this test so the patient is advised to drink at least 500ml of water an hour prior to the appointment.

Length of scan:
10 – 30 minuets.

Areas that may be assessed during a female pelvic ultrasound:
• Bladder
• Appendix when indicated
• Endometrium
• Uterine arteries and other fertility assessment requirements
• Kidneys and Aorta
• Gynaecological ( uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries)Organs and structures that are solid and uniform like ovaries and uterus or fluid filled like the bladder show up clearly on a pelvic ultrasound. Ultrasound is the most commonly used method to examine the uterus and the ovaries when indicated by abdominal and pelvic pain or menstrual problems such as heavy and painful periods or abnormal intermittent bleeding. Ultrasound can detect cysts, fibroids, endometrial thickness and numerous other uterine and ovarian abnormalities. It is also very useful if there is concern about the position of an intrauterine contraceptive device.

What does Trans-abdominal Pelvic Ultrasound involve?
The patient lies on an examination table. Using a probe lubricated with warm gel, the sonographer moves the probe across the lower abdomen to obtain necessary images of pelvic structures. The full bladder provides a window so that pelvic structures can be visualized. There are times when it is necessary to gather more precise and detailed information so a transvaginal ultrasound will also be indicated. The sonographer will ask you to empty your bladder for this test.

What does the Transvaginal Scan Involve?
A transvaginal (internal) ultrasound can provide very detailed information about the uterus, endometrium and ovaries. It is indicated when following follicle size and number during fertility treatments. A transabdominal ultrasound will always be performed first to give an overview of pelvic structures. The patient then empties her bladder and a specially designed transducer or ultrasound probe is placed within the vagina so that detailed images of the uterus and ovaries can be taken. The patient’s hips are raised on a cushion as she lies on an examination table. The patient is kept well covered by a sheet during the test. The ultrasound probe is disinfected and covered by a sterile sheath.

Note: A full bladder is required for this test so the patient is advised to drink at least 500ml of water an hour prior to the appointment. Be prepared to spend at least twenty minutes at the clinic for this test.

Note: Add an abdominal ultrasound scan to your appointment for only €50 extra.

Price €150.00
Medical Card: €130.00