The female pelvis can be examined using a trans-vaginal approach. This gives the best picture of the uterus, ovaries and pelvis. The ultrasound transducer is similar in size and shape to a tampon: it is disinfected before use, covered with a protective sheath and lubricated. Approximately 2 inches is gently inserted into the vagina in the same way as a tampon, (if you prefer you can insert it yourself).This scan can be used to screen for Ovarian cancer and we can also perform the CA125 blood test.
Assessment of the uterus, ovaries and pelvis.
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Please arrive with an empty bladder. There is no problem if you have a period and are bleeding on the day of the scan, it can still be performed. Throughout the examination you are covered up and the door is locked.
If for a particular reason you are unable to have a trans-vaginal scan, an abdominal scan can be performed. If this is the case you must drink 1½ pints of water by 1 hour before your appointment time, because a very full bladder is essential to demonstrate the uterus and ovaries clearly when the ultrasound transducer is passed over the lower abdomen.