Private Pelvic Ultrasound
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What does the Private Pelvic Ultrasound include?
Detailed Ultrasound assessment of the pelvis including the womb (uterus), womb lining (endometrium) and ovaries.
Includes assessment for ovarian cysts and ovarian pain.
Includes a transvaginal scan
Reasons for a Private Pelvic Ultrasound ..
About the Private Pelvic Ultrasound
Our private pelvic ultrasound is a simple, safe and painless test that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the female reproductive organs. The pelvic or lower abdomen ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic exam that produces images to assess the structures and organs within the female pelvis including the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes and ovaries. It can help diagnose and monitor a variety of conditions, including ovarian cysts, fibroids and other reproductive organ abnormalities.
The ultrasound uses a transducer that sends out an ultrasound wave at a frequency too high to be heard. These sound waves move through the body to the organs and structures within the pelvis. The sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and return to the transducer. It processes the reflected waves, which are then converted by a computer into an image of the organs or tissue being examined.
A pelvic ultrasound may be performed using one or both of 2 methods:
- Transabdominal (through the abdomen) – The transducer is placed on the abdomen using the conductive gel.
- Transvaginal (through the vagina) – A long thin transducer is covered with the conducting gel and plastic/latex sheath and is inserted into the vagina.
The type of ultrasound procedure performed depends on the reason for the ultrasound. In most cases, one method may be used. Sometimes both methods may be needed to provide the information needed for diagnosis or treatment.
Objective of the Private Pelvic Ultrasound
The purpose of our private pelvic ultrasound scan is to examine the pelvic organs including the uterus (womb), endometrium (womb lining) and ovaries with ultrasound.
- Womb (Uterus)
- Womb lining (endometrium and endometrial thickness)
- Ovaries for problems with the ovary including ovarian cysts.
- In some cases, the ultrasound can also see the fallopian tubes if they are swollen or blocked with fluid.
What can the Private Pelvic Ultrasound detect?
Our private pelvic ultrasound health scan can check a variety of health problems within the female pelvis. Our pelvic scan is used to assess for common problems in the pelvis which can include:
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovarian tumours
- Polycystic ovaries
- Fluid in the pelvis
- Check coil
- Locate coil (IUS/IUD)
- Endometrial thickness
- Assess the effect of HRT
- Some tumours and cancers
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Fluid-blocking tubes (hydrosalpinx)
- Retained products of conception – placental and/or fetal tissue that remains in the uterus after a pregnancy loss
Why choose the scan clinic for your Private Pelvic Ultrasound
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.
Benefits of having the Private Pelvic Ultrasound
Some of the benefits of going for an ovarian scan at a private clinic include;
- Timely scans and timely results
- There are no long waiting times in private clinics
- Professional and courteous staff that pays attention to your needs and comfort
- Quality and updated equipment for clearer images and better results
- Quality services
Our experienced expert ultrasound clinicians use the latest ultrasound technology to complete your private pelvic ultrasound. They ensure each scan is conducted meticulously to deliver accurate and reliable medical results which are explained to you in detail at your scan.
No waiting time
No long waiting times! We can schedule your appointment at our private clinic today and may be able to offer a same-day appointment or at a date and time convenient to you. Our clinics have extremely low wait times and are open 6 days a week, including on the weekends.
You simply walk into the scan clinic at the appointed time for your scan. There are no queues.
Premium patient care
Private fertility scan clinics employ passionate, qualified, and experienced experts who ensure you’re comfortable and update you on each step.
Our scan experts use high-quality and updated equipment for clearer images and better results.
We are open 6 days a week and offer easy and convenient appointments at a date and time that suits your needs, including weekends.
Your dedicated scan expert will personally review the results with you immediately following your scan. You can expect a comprehensive written scan report in your email inbox within just a day or two after your appointment. For those in need of same-day results, we offer an expedited service for a nominal additional fee.
At our clinic, we pride ourselves on providing top-quality healthcare that doesn’t break the bank. With transparent pricing and competitive rates, our commitment to affordability extends to all aspects of your experience.
We offer a range of health tests and services all under one roof, including blood testing. We can perform virtually any blood test you want which can be arranged at the same time as your scan! Super speedy results directly to your email.
As the demand for pelvic ultrasounds continues to rise among women, private scan clinics have become the preferred choice. Our commitment is to cater to your needs and address your concerns with a superior level of service. We understand the urgency often associated with these scans, which is why we prioritise your convenience, comfort, and efficiency. Say goodbye to the hassles of long waiting times and queues at NHS facilities, and say hello to personalised care tailored to your schedule and peace of mind.
Why do I need a Private Pelvic Ultrasound
A pelvic ultrasound has many applications depending on the reason for the investigation and is an important tool for detecting and monitoring medical conditions related to the female reproductive organs including the womb and ovaries and can help in the diagnosis and management of a range of health issues.
Ultrasound assessment of the pelvis may be used to investigate the following;
- Size, shape and position of the uterus and ovaries
- Presence of diseases such as fibroids and cysts
- Presence of fluids or masses in the uterus, endometrium, myometrium (uterine muscle tissue), ovaries, fallopian tubes and pelvic area.
- Length and thickness of the cervix
- Blood flow
A pelvic ultrasound can provide substantial information about a pelvic mass including size, location and structure. However, it cannot provide a definite cancer diagnosis.
The ultrasound plays a crucial role in diagnosing and assisting in the treatment of various conditions, including;
- Abnormalities in the structure of the uterus and endometrial conditions
- Fibroids, cysts, masses and other types of tumours within the pelvis
- The position and presence of an Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUD)
- Infections like Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Monitoring of the ovarian follicle size for infertility evaluation
- Postmenopausal bleeding
- Aspiration of follicular fluid and eggs from ovaries for in vitro fertilisation
- Checking for ectopic pregnancy
- Monitoring foetal development during pregnancy
- Reassurance and peace of mind
- General gynaecology check-up
- Screening for ovarian cancer
- Signs of adenomyosis
The pelvic scan can also assist with procedures like an endometrial biopsy or a sonohysterography to fill the uterus with fluid to distend it for better imaging.
What does the Private Pelvic Ultrasound involve?
During the scan, you will be asked to uncover the area being scanned, hence we advise to wear suitable loose clothing and a small amount of ultrasound gel will be placed over your skin.
An ultrasound camera (‘probe’) will then be placed on top and moved along and around the area. This results in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV which will be translated by the clinical specialist/ medical practitioner.
The ultrasound scan itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain-free. At the end of the scan, a verbal summary of the results will be provided, as well as your opportunity to ask any questions.
How do I prepare*
- A comfortably full bladder is required for this scan – Please drink 0.5 litres of fluid approximately 30 minutes or so before your scheduled appointment and kindly try your best not to empty your bladder before the examination.
- You may maintain your normal medication regime.
- You can eat as normal.
An internal (Transvaginal) scan is recommended or may be mandatory for specific services instead of the scan over your tummy as it often provides greater detail and better information, please ask our customer care team for more information.
For internal scans you do not need to have a full bladder and will be asked to empty your bladder if full. Also please do arrive in clothing that can allow easy and comfortable access to your pelvic area.
- For scans over your tummy (Transabdominal) then we recommend you arrive with a comfortably full bladder. Please drink 0.5 litres of clear fluid approximately 30 minutes or so before your scheduled appointment and kindly try your best not to empty your bladder before the examination.
- Please refer to the patient information guide by clicking here.
Private Pelvic Ultrasound FAQ's
How much is a private pelvic ultrasound in London?
The cost of a private pelvic ultrasound in London varies depending on the clinic and the requirements of the scan, but the cost is between £120 – £300.
How to prepare for a vaginal ultrasound?
There is no specific preparation required for a transvaginal scan. However, we advise you to wear loose-fitting clothing and empty your bladder prior to the appointment. This allows the womb to fall into a better position for the vaginal scan.
Children are not allowed in the scan room. If a child needs to come to your ultrasound scan with you, please organise for a responsible adult to supervise them in the waiting area.
A full bladder is however required if you are having an over-the-tummy (transabdominal scan) or if the transvaginal scan is not appropriate, i.e. if you are not sexually active. You can drink around 1 litre of fluid 30 minutes before your appointment and not empty your bladder.
What happens during a vaginal ultrasound?
Transvaginal scans can be carried out at any stage of your menstrual cycle, including during your period. If you are wearing a tampon or menstrual cup, you will need to remove it at this stage.
When you return to the scan room, you will be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on the examination couch. You will be given a paper sheet or gown to cover yourself with.
The scan is performed using a long and narrow transducer or vaginal probe. The probe is cleaned before use and covered with a protective sheath. It is lubricated with a water-based gel to make its insertion into the vagina more comfortable. It is usually a painless procedure and will feel very similar to having an internal examination. The vaginal ultrasound typically takes between 10 – 20 minutes.
Recovering from vaginal ultrasound
You should be able to continue your normal daily routine following your vaginal ultrasound. It’s common to have mild discomfort from the probe’s pressure on your belly or near the probe’s insertion. The discomfort will disappear after a few hours. Some women may also also experience slight vaginal discharge after the procedure which should also disappear after 24 hours.
What cancers can a pelvic ultrasound detect?
Ultrasound scans excel in detecting unusual growths however are incapable of diagnosing cancer on their own without additional testing.
Ultrasound is an invaluable diagnostic tool and plays a crucial role in a comprehensive diagnostic approach, especially in cases of cancers such as ovarian cancer. Ultrasound scans are also sometimes used to assist in guiding procedures like biopsies to pinpoint the precise nature of the tumour.
Potential risks and complications of vaginal ultrasound
Vaginal ultrasounds are safe but a very small minority of people experience mild pain or cramping, spotting and watery discharge in the hours following scan.
Is a pelvic ultrasound internal or external?
A pelvic scan can be internal or external, depending on the order of the scan from your clinician and what is being investigated. Internal scans often produce better images because they are closer to the reproductive organs, however, in some instances, an external scan is clearer.
How long does it take to get results from a pelvic ultrasound?
NHS facilities will provide results for the scan in 1 week or so following your appointment.
Most private scan clinics will have the results ready within one or two business days after completing the scan.
Do I need to shave for a pelvic ultrasound?
It’s not necessary to shave for a pelvic ultrasound. In most cases, it is done vaginally, which doesn’t necessitate shaving.
What do you wear to wear a pelvic ultrasound?
You will be asked to remove some of your clothing for the scan so it’s best to wear something comfortable and loose-fitting that won’t take a lot of effort to remove and wear back. You should also avoid wearing jewellery around the area that will be examined.
More information about the Private Pelvic Ultrasound
To find out more about this scan and the areas / organs that are scanned as part of as well as ultrasound in general, you can head over to our knowledge centre by clicking the image or button.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- This scan requires access to the area of interest; therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- Study images may be available at an additional charge – more information and to request this can be found by clicking here.
- All our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.