Precision Imaging for Women located in Buderim (Sunshine Coast) offers Diagnostic Gynaecology and Pelvic Ultrasounds for the following Referrals:
A Pelvic ultrasound scan is the most effective way to examine the uterus and ovaries. It is may also be used during pregnancy to monitor the health and development of the embryo or fetus.
There are two methods of performing pelvic ultrasound; trans abdominal (through the stomach) and transvaginal (via the vagina). For a trans abdominal ultrasound you will need a full bladder for the scan and will be advised on how much water to drink and how long before the examination. For transvaginal ultrasound, no preparation is required.
This is usually employed to examine the ovaries, pelvis or the uterus. You will be asked to lie on your back with your knees bent and legs apart (as if you were having a pap smear test or an internal examination). If this position is difficult for you, you may be able to lie on your side with your knees drawn up to your chest. The sonographer will lubricate a small probe with gel, cover the probe with a condom or similar and then insert this into the vagina. This may be slightly uncomfortable, but should not be painful. This type of scan does not take long.
Trans Abdominal Ultrasound
For this type of scan you will be asked to drink fluid prior to the examination to fill the bladder, which is used as a “window” to examine the uterus and ovaries behind it. Because of the distance between the transducer and the organs of interest, information might be lost and the sensitivity of the scan is not as good as the trans-vaginal approach.
You will lie on your back on an examination couch and the transducer moved back and forth across your lower abdomen to image the area of interest.