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:
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.
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.