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What is a Pelvic Scan?

When it comes to one’s health, there is nothing that should be taken for granted or left to chance.  Even if no problems are apparent, it’s often a good idea to take advantage of diagnostic tests and procedures to make sure everything is fine.  This is especially true if you are experiencing pelvic pain or discomfort.

What is a Pelvic Scan?

A pelvic scan is a diagnostic test used by doctors to find potential medical issues.  It’s a procedure recommended for both men and women, because it can find problems with both sexes.  Some of the potential problems it can find include:

Prostate gland problems
Seminal vesicle problems
Bladder problems
Ovarian cysts
Ovarian cancer
Infertility problems

The main way a pelvic scan is performed is done with ultrasound.

An ultrasound scan is used mostly for women, especially those who are pregnant or with pelvic pain and discomfort.

When to Get a Pelvic Scan

The best time to get a scan is before any issues arise.  However, if any of the following problems are present, it’s a good idea to schedule one with your doctor.

Pelvic pain
Vaginal bleeding
Painful menstruation
Frequent urination in men
Failing to produce semen

In addition to these problems, it’s a good idea to get a scan as part of a regular physical exam in both men and women.

How do Doctors use a Scan?

Doctors use a scan to look for any of the above mentioned problems, or to attempt to find out why a patient is having any of these problems.  In addition, pregnant women should have a scan done several times during their pregnancy, and also annually when visiting their OB/GYN.

What Happens During a Scan?

During a scan, nothing painful is done to the patient.  With an ultrasound scan, the patient lies on a table while gel is applied to the abdomen, then a small probe producing sound waves is moved over the abdomen to examine the organs.  The entire procedure takes less than one hour. The two-dimensional pictures of one’s organs are then sent to a consultant and then to your doctor for review.