Ultrasound is a technique which uses ultrasound waves in order to examine the organs of the body. Ultrasound is extremely useful in diagnosing conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, thickening of the womb lining, endometrial polyps, blocked tubes and other abnormalities.
Ultrasound is performed either through the lower abdomen (transabdominal) or through the vagina using a special probe (transvaginal). A special cover is placed on the probe prior to performing the scan. The transvaginal scan does not hurt, although it may be uncomfortable if there is a painful problem, such as an ovarian cyst or endometriosis.
The transvaginal route gives a much clearer image in most cases as the probe can get nearer to the organ being examined and therefore it is the preferred method of performing ultrasound in gynaecology. However, in some situations, transvaginal scanning can not be performed, or the womb/ovaries are very large and can be seen easily on abdominal scanning. Both types of scan take around 5 minutes to complete.
I am a specialist in gynaecological ultrasound and if possible I prefer to undertake the ultrasound scan myself in order to perform a full assessment of the problem before advising on treatment. If you have not had a recent ultrasound scan, you may be asked to have an ultrasound performed during your clinic visit. Please note Holly Private Hospital does not usually have facilities for me to perform an ultrasound during my clinic.
The Holly Private Hospital
Clinics Thursdays 9.00-12.00
Tel: 0208 936 1201
BMI London Independent Hospital
Clinics Thursdays 1-4pm
Tel: 0207 780 2400
Surgery is also performed at Spire Roding Hospital, Redbridge IG4 5PZ 02087097878