Pelvic Scan (Female) 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.

Do I need to book an appointment?

Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate it if you can give 24 hours notice.

What preparation is needed for a pelvic scan?

For the first part of the scan, the patient will need a full bladder. It is recommended that the patient drink 1 litre 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 bladder to fill.

What is looked at during a pelvic ultrasound?

During a pelvic ultrasound, the sonographer will evaluate the bladder, uterus, cervix, endometrial lining, the ovaries and the surrounding area called the adnexa.

What happens during the pelvic scan?

There are usually two parts to a complete 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 sterile 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 long will the pelvic exam take?

The pelvic exam is scheduled for approximately 30 mins.

Who will report my scan?

After the sonographer has completed your exam the images will be sent to a consultant radiologist who will report your scan.

When will I receive my results?

You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination, however, it is up to the radiologist to make the final report. The formal report will be sent to your GP by post which may take up to 5 days. If you are self-referred it may also take up to 5 days for you to receive the formal report by email. If there are urgent findings the process will be expedited and faxed to your GP within 24 hours.