What is a pelvic Ultrasound?
A pelvic ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure employed to assess and visualize the organs and structures within the female pelvic region. This procedure utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the internal structures, offering invaluable insights into the health and condition of the uterus, endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus), cervix, and ovaries.
The ultrasound can be instrumental in diagnosing various conditions, monitoring pregnancies, and guiding certain medical procedures. Given its non-invasive nature, it is a preferred method for many clinicians as it poses minimal risks to the patient while providing essential information. The images generated during the ultrasound can aid in the early detection of abnormalities, ensuring timely medical intervention. In the context of gynecological health, a pelvic ultrasound stands as a cornerstone for effective patient care and management.
Private Pelvic Ultrasound – At a Glance
- Scan for the Uterus, Ovaries, Endometrium
- Transabdominal and/or Transvaginal Scan
- Confirm pathology within the female pelvis
- General Reassurance
- No GP referral is required
- Same time results
- Fully qualified NHS sonographers
- A full Bladder is required
- Price: Only £149
- Book Online or over the phone
- Easily accessible London location
Gynecologic ultrasonography is commonly used when abnormalities with the female reproductive system, such as the uterus, myometrium, ovaries, fallopian tubes and endometrium, are suspected. This woman’s ultrasound will provide you with quick answers for peace of mind about your symptoms without the NHS wait or the anxiety and stress associated with not knowing.
The pelvic ultrasound which can be a transvaginal scan or transabdominal scan is a medical imaging technique for women using ultrasound to evaluate the health of the organs and structures within the female pelvis. The test is being used in acute conditions as well as a screening test for cancer and for fertility. The pelvic scan will evaluate the uterus (womb), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), cervix and ovaries.
Gynaecological problems are very common. The most common reasons for pelvic scan referrals are bleeding and pain, as well as irregular periods and fertility reasons.
There are two methods by which ultrasound scanning of the pelvis is performed: transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound.
Transabdominal scan (through the abdomen). This is an external ultrasound scan, as the required images of the pelvic organs are obtained through the abdomen.
Transvaginal ultrasound (through the vagina). Otherwise, known as internal ultrasound, or vaginal ultrasonography where the required ultrasound images are obtained through the vagina.
What can the pelvic ultrasound scan detect?
The pelvic ultrasound scan can detect medical conditions associated with:
- Pelvic pain
- Endometriosis, Adenomyosis
- Menstrual problems such as irregular, frequent or heavy periods
- Absent periods
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Painful intercourse
- History of uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts and polycystic ovaries
- Abnormal blood tests
- Detection of some tumours & cancers, including ovarian cancer
- Spotting between periods
- Endometrial polyps
- Intrauterine device (IUCD) position
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Endometrial thickness
- Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Follicle tracking
What is the cost of the pelvic ultrasound scan in London?
The cost of the pelvic ultrasound scan in our clinic in London is £149.
What is included?
The imaging tests includes a digital diagnostic report and, if needed, images and a follow-up recommendation.
What is the purpose of this private pelvic and ovarian scan in London?
The gynaecological ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate:
- Your uterus (womb)
- The lining of the uterus (endometrium)
- Adjacent pelvic structures
What preparation is required for a pelvic scan?
This diagnostic scan is being performed trans-abdominally with a full bladder, so please drink 2 pints of water one hour before your scan. On occasions, a transvaginal scan might be required in order to further evaluate the pelvic organs.
What should I expect during the private pelvic ultrasound examination?
Before the investigation, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure.
You will be asked to lie on your back and expose your lower abdomen.
A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your skin. The gel will help the transducer to make good contact with the skin. The ultrasound transducer will be placed on the body and will be moved in different directions over the area of interest to obtain the required information/ultrasound images.
There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer or probe, as otherwise known, is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer.
Once the ultrasound imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolour clothing.
Transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan:
For this scan, you need an empty bladder. After you empty your bladder, you will be asked to remove your trousers/skirt and your underwear. You will lie on the examination couch, cover yourself with the cover provided, and a small transducer will be inserted into the vagina. This internal ultrasound scan is similar to a gynaecology exam, but the ultrasonic transducer is however significant smaller than a speculum used in a Pap test.
The transducer will be covered with a protective cover a small amount of gel will be placed on the tip and will be inserted into the vagina. Only a few inches of the transducer will be inserted into the vagina. The transducer will be moved in different directions to obtain the best images.
Read more about the transvaginal scan.
What will I experience during and after the pelvic ultrasound scan procedure?
For a transabdominal ultrasound exam:
A water-based gel will be applied to the lower abdomen/pelvic area and the transducer will be moved in various directions. You might feel a little pressure from time to time.
Ultrasound examinations are usually pain-free.
For a transvaginal, Internal scan:
Although the transvaginal or internal ultrasound scan is typically performed to find a cause for pelvic pain, the sonogram itself should not be painful, but you might feel a tiny amount of discomfort and pressure. An internal ultrasound scan is typically more comfortable and better tolerated than a gynaecological examination.
These women private ultrasound scans examinations are usually completed within 10 minutes.
After an ultrasound scan examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
Private pelvic ultrasound scan near me.
If you are looking for a high-quality gynaecology ultrasound scan nearby and in a convenient London location, our clinic is conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.