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The Procedure

This scan is carried out internally with an empty bladder. The resolution of the scan images is excellent using this method as a higher frequency transducer is used and the transducer is closer to the uterus and ovaries. This allows better visualization of the uterus and ovaries rather than the trans abdominal scan. This is a painless procedure, which involves inserting a slim ultrasound transducer (probe), covered in a protective sheath, into the vagina. It is no more uncomfortable than inserting a tampon. If you prefer, you can insert it yourself. It does not matter if you are bleeding on the day of the scan.

Internal scans are not suitable for every patient, especially the very young and old. If you are unable to insert a tampon, we can perform an alternative abdominal scan with a full bladder. If this applies to you, complete drinking two pints of water an hour before your appointment time and do not pass water. The scan can only be performed when you are at the uncomfortable stage, but will only take 10minutes to complete.


Background Information

A pelvic ultrasound (transvaginal or transabdominal) is most often performed to evaluate the:

  • bladder.
  • ovaries.
  • uterus.
  • cervix.
  • fallopian tubes.


Ultrasound examinations can help diagnose symptoms experienced by women such as:

  • pelvic pain
  • abnormal bleeding
  • other menstrual problems


and help identify:

  • palpable masses such as ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids
  • ovarian or uterine cancers