We recommend that female pelvic ultrasounds be performed transvaginally; this allows a more detailed assessment of the pelvic organs. A scan performed in this manner does not require a full bladder, and as a result many patients find it more comfortable. More information on this type of scan can be found at the bottom of this information sheet.
If you are under the age of 16 or would prefer NOT to have your scan transvaginally, your scan can be performed transabdominally but you will need to arrive with a full bladder. Please follow prep OPTION 2 below
OPTION 1 – Transvaginal Scan (Internal ultrasound)
|Drink 1 litre of water 90 minutes before your appointment and complete drinking within the first 30 minutes. Use the Toilet as required, you do not need a full bladder.|
OPTION 2 – Transabdominal Scan (FULL BLADDER)
Mandatory for Patients under the age of 16 Years of Age.
|Drink 1 litre of water 90 minutes before your appointment and complete drinking within the first 30 minutes.|
|DO have a FULL BLADDER on arrival.
DO NOT go to the toilet until AFTER your scan.
|DO continue to take your regular medication as normal.|
|DO bring your Referral, Medicare, Concession and DVA Cards and any previous related scans to your appointment.|
What does Transvaginally mean?
Transvaginal ultrasounds are commonly referred to as “Internal” ultrasounds because of the nature of the scan. This scan is conducted by an Ultrasound Probe being inserted via the vagina. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a transvaginal scan or if you are unsure, we recommend you follow Option 2 and fill your bladder. This way you have a choice on the day.
Please note this option is only available to patients OVER THE AGE OF 16.
What does Transabdominally mean?
Transabdominal scans are conducted externally. The Sonographer will conduct the ultrasound by pressing firmly against the skin on your abdomen.
Does any of the following apply to you? If so please contact us as soon as possible.
- You are Diabetic and unable to follow the instructions above.
- You are on Dialysis.
- If your referral mentions doppler or upper abdominal, renal, gall bladder, liver or kidney ultrasound scan.
- The patient is non-english speaking and requires us to arrange an interpreter to be present at the appointment.