Gynaecological Ultrasound


Gynecological ultrasound scanning is often used to examine conditions affecting the organs in a woman's pelvis - the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. This is a quick non-harmful imaging technique usually performed with a vaginal probe, it is generally painless and women usually only feel a slight pressure in the vagina during the procedure. It is part of many gynaecological assessments and aids the gynecologist look for any conditions that may be associated with heavy and painful periods or pelvic pain, such as fibroids, polyps and ovarian cysts. It can also be beneficial in establishing whether pelvic anatomy appears normal in infertility investigations. It is also an essential part in the diagnosis of uterine (endometrial) cancer in women reporting post-menopausal bleeding (PMB).

Preparing yourself for ultrasound scan

No specific preparation is required. If it is an internal (vaginal) scan , so for comfort your bladder should not be too full. Dr.Johnston will perform a transvaginal to check for abnormalities such as polyps, ovarian cysts and fibroids and assess your ovaries or uterus scan.

How long does the ultrasound take?

Usually the scan takes only a few minutes.

Are ultrasound scans safe?

This is a quick non-harmful imaging technique usually performed with a vaginal probe and has no known side effects, it is also safe during pregnancy.

When will I find out the scan results?

Dr Johnston will explain the images and results to you during or just after the scan. In other cases further imaging such as CT or MRI will need to be organised.