Ultrasound scanning is an important diagnostic tool in women's health care. The ultrasound specialists in our private London clinic are part of an experienced team of medical specailists. They are extremely experienced in gynaecological scanning and are respected trainers and lecturers. Appointments are unhurried and discrete.
Gynaecological ultrasound can be used to:
- Investigate abnormal bleeding patterns, including heavy periods and amenorrhea (absence of periods)
- Investigate possible causes of pelvic pain
- Check the uterus, vagina and ovaries for conditions that may contribute to symptoms of pain
- Assist in diagnosis and treatment of fibroids and endometriosis (thickening of the endometrial lining)
- Check ovarian function and inspect the ovaries for cysts
- Assist in fertility treatment (by observing ovarian activity including the production and release of eggs and the behaviour of the corpus luteum, which releases hormones that support the environment for a fertilised egg to develop)
- Provide visualisation of internal organs during surgical procedures
- Assist with smooth removal and insertion of Mirena Coils and other intrauterine devices (IUDs)
What to expect during an ultrasound scan We are aware that gynaecological procedures require sensitivity and privacy, which is why we do we all can to make the environment welcoming and comfortable. We have gowns available, should you need to change, although many procedures are simple to perform if you are wearing loose fitting clothing.
Ultrasound scanning is usually carried out using a probe placed on the skin of the tummy or pelvic area so that the ultrasound reading is taken through the abdominal wall. The high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) produce an echo which is translated into a detailed image for diagnostic purposes. 3D and 4D scanning and the use of Doppler scans allow us to observe structure and function of your pelvic organs in great detail.
Ultrasound is performed with the application of a gel. This enhances the quality of the image produced, and also helps to ensure the procedure is comfortable. You will feel light pressure where the probe is placed on your skin, but should not feel any pain.
Occasionally a trans-vaginal probe is necessary. This will be done with the utmost sensitivity and with no cause for discomfort. You may request for a chaperone to accompany you.
While you are having your scan the sonographer will explain the images that appear on the screen. He or she will talk to you about the results and about any further diagnosis or treatment that may be needed.
If you have had blood analysis or other tests, the results from your scan will be considered alongside these results. A detailed report will be compiled and sent to your doctor.