Cancer of the endometrium or lining of the uterus is the fifth most common cancer in women in the UK. Obesity, diabetes and HRT seem to increase the risk of developing cancer of the uterus. The most common symptoms are irregular bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain on intercourse or urination and general pelvic pain.
A pelvic scan can assess the endometrium and look for causes of irregular bleeding.
In most instances, the pelvic ultrasound scan will involve both an abdominal scan (over the tummy with the patient having a full bladder) and an internal or transvaginal scan (a thin ultrasound probe is inserted just into the vagina). Using both methods is the best way to exclude pathology in most women with pelvic or Gynaecological problems. The sonographer will explain the procedure and ensure you understand why it is necessary – you do not have to have a transvaginal scan – it is your choice but the good news is that you will be able to empty your bladder before the internal scan takes place!
Preparation for this scan requires a full bladder and you will be asked to drink 1 – 2 pints of water an hour prior to your appointment. All medications to be taken as normal.
Please note that it is sometimes necessary to repeat the scan after a few days or weeks to re-assess a particular finding (e.g. cyst, endometrial thickness) and if this is required the cost of the repeat scan is £75 (maximum 2 repeat scans at £75 per cycle for IVF treatment).
• The sonographer will frequently be able to discuss the results with you on the day however we will quite often ask for the opinion of a Consultant Radiologist before issuing the final report within 48 hours which will include recommendations for follow up tests if required. The report will be sent to your GP or Consultant and a copy can also be sent to you.
• Images can be made requested via IEP (Image Exchange Portal) if you are referred to a hospital Consultant.