Radiology (Xray)

Ultrasound Female Pelvis

Contact: RVI: (0191) 282 4330


IntroductionShow [+]Hide [-]

This web page is designed to give you some information about having an Ultrasound Scan of your pelvis to assess your ovaries, uterus (womb) and surrounding structures.  It will help you prepare for your examination and give you some idea of what to expect when you attend.

What is an Ultrasound Scan?Show [+]Hide [-]

An Ultrasound scan is a way of producing detailed pictures of the body using sound waves.  The sound waves are at a pitch that is too high to be heard by the human ear.  A computer converts the information into a moving picture that is displayed on a television screen.

Do I need any special preparation before the examination?Show [+]Hide [-]

You may require special preparation. 

Please read your appointment letter carefully and follow the instructions it gives.  The success of the examination may well depend on this.

Please attend with a full bladder if your appointment letter states this.  Failure to have a full bladder when requested may result in your appointment being delayed or postponed to another day.  You will be able to go to the toilet as soon as your scan is finished.

Will I have to wait long before being scanned?Show [+]Hide [-]

We always try to scan you as near to your appointment time as possible.  Emergency cases must take priority however and this can sometimes cause delays.  Please be patient, but feel free to ask one of the staff if you think that you may have been overlooked.

What does the examination involve?Show [+]Hide [-]

Your Ultrasound scan will be performed in a separate examination room where your privacy and dignity will be maintained.  There are two methods that are routinely used to examine the female pelvis:

Transabdominal scan:

In order to scan using this method you will be required to attend for your examination with a full bladder (please see your appointment letter). 

To enable the scan to be performed, gel is applied to the lower part of the abdomen. 

An Ultrasound probe is gently moved across the lower tummy to obtain pictures. 

In many cases you will not have to undress completely, but will be asked to remove clothing from the area, which will be examined during the scan.

Transvaginal scan:

This is an internal scan (similar to an internal examination that your doctor may perform). 

A very slim Ultrasound probe is gently inserted into the lower part of the vagina (birth canal) in order to obtain very detailed pictures. 

You will be asked to undress from below the waist. 

You will be given a gown and will be kept covered throughout the examination.

Very often a combination of both types of examination is used.  If you are asked to attend for a scan with a full bladder, you may still be required to have an internal transvaginal scan as well.

How does it feel?Show [+]Hide [-]

Most women do not find this method of examination uncomfortable, but if you have never had an internal examination or smear in the past, please contact the Radiology Department on the number given on the top of your appointment letter.  The staff will be happy to deal with any concerns or queries you may have.

How long will the scan take?Show [+]Hide [-]

The scan will take approximately 15-20 minutes. 

Who performs the scan?Show [+]Hide [-]

Your scan will be performed by either a Radiologist (medical doctor who specialises in interpreting diagnostic imaging) or a Radiographer who is specially trained in ultrasound scanning.  Whoever performs your scan will explain what happens and will show you what to do.

What are the benefits of having a female pelvis ultrasound scan?Show [+]Hide [-]

This examination will help us make the correct diagnosis so you will be able to be given the correct treatment.

What are the risks of having a female pelvis ultrasound scan?Show [+]Hide [-]

There are no known risks or after effects associated with the scan procedure.

When will I get my results?Show [+]Hide [-]

Normally you can expect to receive the results of your scan when you next see the doctor who sent you for the examination.

After your examination, the Radiologist or Radiographer who performed the scan will study the pictures taken during your examination.  A report is then prepared and this is sent to your doctor who asked for the examination.  The report is normally sent out the day following the examination.

Can I drive home?Show [+]Hide [-]

Yes.

I need an ambulance/ transport. Do you arrange it?Show [+]Hide [-]

If you need an ambulance/ transport, you should ask your GP Surgery to arrange it. You will need to give them three working days notice.  Please note that hospital transport is provided on medical need only.

What if I cannot attend for my appointment? Show [+]Hide [-]

If your appointment time is not convenient it is essential you contact the hospital department immediately so that a more appropriate time can be arranged.  This will enable us to reallocate valuable scanning time to someone else.

RVI X-ray Appointments               0191 282 4330 (8.30am-5.00pm)

Freeman X-ray Appointments     0191 223 1012 (8.30am-5.00pm)

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions, doubts or worries, just ask.  The Radiology staff want to make you feel as relaxed as possible.  This makes the scan easier for you and means that we get better pictures to aid your diagnosis.

This is a teaching hospital and we sometimes have junior medical staff and trainees in our department.  Trainees and junior staff may be present at the time of your examination.  If you are uncomfortable with this arrangement, please inform the Ultrasound staff at the time of your appointment.  This will not affect your care or treatment.

Information from your diagnostic test will contribute to the Diagnostic Imaging Dataset. 

The Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DID) is a database that holds information on the imaging tests and scans carried out on NHS patients. This will allow the Health and Social Care Information Centre to see how different tests are used across the country.

Nothing will ever be reported that identifies you.  All information is stored securely. It is only made available to appropriate staff, and is kept strictly confidential. However, if you do not want your information to be stored in the DID, please tell the people who are treating you. They will make sure your information is not copied into the DID.

You may, at a later date, still decide to opt out.  Please contact the Health and Social Care Information Centre directly, their contact details are:

Telephone: 0845 300 6016 

Email: enquiries@ic.nhs.uk 

Website: www.ic.nhs.uk

What if I have other questions?Show [+]Hide [-]

If you have any questions, doubts or worries, just ask.  The Radiology staff want to make you feel as relaxed as possible.  This makes the scan easier for you and means that we get better pictures to aid your diagnosis.

This is a teaching hospital and we sometimes have junior medical staff and trainees in our department.  Trainees and junior staff may be present at the time of your examination.  If you are uncomfortable with this arrangement, please inform the Ultrasound staff at the time of your appointment.  This will not affect your care or treatment.

What if I have any comments, suggestions or complaints?Show [+]Hide [-]

Should you have any suggestions or concerns, please make these known to the person conducting your examination or by letter addressed to the hospital that you are attending your examination:

The Departmental Manager            

X-ray Department Level 3                           

Royal Victoria Infirmary                               

Queen Victoria Road                                   

Newcastle upon Tyne                                  

NE1 4LP                                                       

Tel: (0191) 2821099

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm

All Newcastle Hospitals: Switchboard Tel: (0191) 233 6161 (24 hours)

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can offer on-the-spot advice and information about the NHS.  You can contact them on freephone 0800 032 02 02 or email northoftynepals@nhct.nhs.uk.

Map details: Due to the transformations of the Newcastle Hospitals, please go to the Trust web site to check for progress updates:

Web site – http://www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/patient-guides/index.aspx

Information produced by:

Brian Allan, Regional Ultrasound Manager

Reviewed: October 2015

Next Review: October 2018

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