Fertility Scan FAQs

Do I need a referral letter from my GP in order to book a scan?

No, you do not need a referral letter for a medical scan. If you come in without a referral letter the report will be emailed to you and you may pass it on to your GP. We do not send reports to a GP if they have not ordered it. If there are urgent findings we will help you arrange a doctor’s visit where you can take the report with you as you may need a referral to a consultant.

What preparation is needed for a pelvic fertility scan or a repeat pelvic limited scan?

For the first part of the scan, the patient will need a full bladder. It is recommended that the patient drink 1 liter of water prior to your appointment time. It is best if this is finished at least 20 minutes prior to the scan time in order to allow the liquid to fill the bladder.

If you are having a repeat pelvic limited exam the bladder needs to be empty and you may do so after arriving at the ultrasound clinic to ensure it is so.

What is looked at during a pelvic fertility ultrasound?

During a pelvic ultrasound, the sonographer will evaluate the bladder, uterus, cervix, endometrial lining, the ovaries, and the surrounding area. Extra measurements of the ovarian follicles will be measured during the fertility scans as well as details of the appearance of the endometrium.

What happens during the pelvic scan?

There are usually two parts to a pelvic ultrasound to get the best diagnostic images. The first is the trans-abdominal scan where the transducer/camera is placed on the abdomen with gel to obtain images. In the event that the transabdominal is insufficient and more detailed images are needed the second part is called a trans-vaginal or endovaginal ultrasound. If a patient is having abnormal bleeding then the trans-vaginal exam is able to give a more detailed view of the endometrial lining. After emptying the bladder the patient will return to the exam room and undress from the waist down and lay on their back. A thin transducer is covered with a sheath and is lubricated with gel. Once inserted into the vagina the sonographer will gently move the transducer/probe from side to side in order to get the appropriate images. If at any stage the patient feels pain or would like to discontinue the exam, the patient only needs to alert the sonographer and they will end the exam.

How does a pelvic Ltd. scan differ from a complete?

If you have had a complete pelvic ultrasound previously but are returning to track fertility treatment you will only receive the transvaginal scan that is done with an empty bladder.After emptying the bladder the patient will return to the exam room and undress from the waist down and lay on their back. A thin transducer is covered with a sheath and is lubricated with gel. Once inserted into the vagina the sonographer will gently move the transducer/probe from side to side in order to get the appropriate images. The number and size of the ovarian follicles and the endometrium are documented.

How long will the pelvic exam take?

The complete pelvic exam is scheduled for approximately 30 mins while the limited is 15 minutes,

Who will report my scan?

In the case of repeated pelvic limited exams for fertility, the preliminary report is emailed to the patient by the sonographer so that they may send it to their fertility clinic. Only the first complete pelvic ultrasound is reported by the radiologist unless ultrasound findings dictate otherwise.

When will I receive my results?

You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination. The sonographer will have you enter your email and you will receive the report and a few images of the study for you to pass onto your clinic.