Ultrasonography is used to visualise the baby inside its mother's womb. It's used to confirm a pregnancy and how the fetus is developing. Ultrasound is a useful tool to assess the health of pelvic organs before and during fertility treatment. The iconic black-and-white images of a developing fetus, generated by the reflection of high frequency sound waves, have been around since the mid-1950s.
An ultrasound examination is a painless, usually non-invasive, procedure. Once you are lying on a couch, water based gel will be spread onto your skin as this helps to transmit the sound waves. A transducer is pressed onto your skin then, it is moved back and forth over the part of your body that is being scanned. The scan will appear on the machine screen next to you. The examination takes between 15-30 minutes. At the end of the scan you will be able to get off the couch and put on any clothes you may have removed.
A trans-vaginal scan for women undergoing fertility treatment or investigations is done using an internal transducer. You will be asked to lie on the couch with your hips covered by a towel or blanket. The examiner will gently insert the tranducer into your vagina as so to get clear images of your internal reproductive system. Ultrasound is able to detect ovarian cysts, endometrial polps, fibroids and structural abnormalities of the uterus.
Pam is a member of Society of Radiographer (SoR) 53661 and the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc) RA39918
She has a BSc Diagnostic Radiography, BSc Home Science in Foods and Nutrition, a Post Graduate Diploma in Ultrasound and a Diploma in Public Health Nutrition.
Mrs Pam Kapur:
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