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An ultrasound scan is a painless test using high frequency sound waves to create images of organs and other structures in your body. There is no radiation exposure and the sound waves used are thought to be harmless. A probe, coated with jelly, is placed on your skin, over the part of the body being examined. The sound waves generated are sent to a monitor which shows real-time images of the underlying structures.
Preparing for an Ultrasound scan
Certain types of ultrasound scan may need you to follow specific instructions to improve the image quality of the scan.
- Drink plenty of water and do not empty your bladder until after your scan – this may be necessary before an antenatal scan or gynaecological pelvic scan.
- Avoid eating for 8 hours before your scan, but drink plenty of clear fluids and do not empty your bladder until after the scan – this may be necessary before an abdominal scan checking your liver and gallbladder.
External Ultrasound scan
An external ultrasound scan is used to examine the liver, kidneys and other organs in your abdomen. It can also be used to assess your muscles and joints and many other organs through your skin.
A lubricating gel is put on your skin and a small handheld probe is moved over your skin to assess the underlying structures. You should not feel anything other than the sensor and gel on your skin.
Internal or Transvaginal Ultrasound scan
An internal ultrasound allows our ultrasonographer to look through the vagina. During the procedure, you will be asked to lie on your back and a small probe will be gently passed into the vagina and the images are transmitted to a monitor.
Internal examinations are ideal for looking at your ovaries and womb and may cause some discomfort, but should not be painful.