How Long Does a GYN Ultrasound Take?

Ultrasound technology has been used since the 50s as a powerful non-invasive imaging tool to help gynaecologists and doctors monitor the health of a mother and her fetus. Since then, it has grown to become a diagnostic tool for all manner of health concerns. A GYN ultrasound or gynaecological ultrasound or pelvic ultrasound scan is used to visualise the reproductive and sexual organs of women. The gynaecologist will be able to identify and diagnose ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, structural abnormalities, and various other conditions. If you have an upcoming ultrasound appointment, you’ll want to know how long does a GYN ultrasound take? At OMNI, Sydney’s premiere gynaecological ultrasound service, we have the most experienced gynaecological sonologists and sonographers and highly trained staff. The quality of our images and more importantly the quality of our reporting is critical for you doctor to understand why you have the symptoms you have.

The Duration of a GYN Ultrasound

Depending on the reason for your appointment and whether you have any symptoms, a gynaecological ultrasound may take anything from 15 – 20 minutes. The doctor or sonographer will conduct an abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound. Abdominal ultrasounds (usually performed in someone who has not been sexually active) are performed by applying a water-based gel to the pelvic area to help the ultrasound wand glide smoothly over the skin and produce clear images. If the doctor performs a transvaginal ultrasound, they insert a smaller, thin ultrasound wand into the vagina. Transvaginal ultrasounds typically take longer but still fall within the 15 – 20 minute timeframe.

Types of GYN Ultrasounds

If you are booked for a GYN ultrasound, your gynaecologist will most likely arrange for you to have a transvaginal ultrasound. During the very early stages of pregnancy, the doctor will typically perform a transvaginal ultrasound to examine the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Transvaginal ultrasounds tend to produce more detailed images because the wand is nearer to the organs, making it a powerful diagnostic tool. An abdominal ultrasound is typically used from 12 weeks of pregnancy to view the reproductive organs and the fetus. Abdominal ultrasound can also detect a range of conditions (large fibroids or large ovarian cysts). You will be asked to empty your bladder on arrival if you are eligible for a transvaginal ultrasound.

When Do You Get the Ultrasound Results?

At OMNI, we report on all GYN Ultrasounds within 24 hours so that your doctor has these results to hand quickly and efficiently. Once you have had your ultrasound scan at OMNI, you can call your GP or Gynaecologist to arrange follow up n further planning of your treatment.

If you are pregnant, at the first early pregnancy scan, the sonologist or sonographer can immediately tell you the size of the fetus, when your baby is due and assess the most basic aspects of its development. Our doctors at OMNI will give your doctor the results within 24 hours.

Gynaecological ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool which doctors frequently use to evaluate the reproductive and sexual health of women. Ultrasound is safe, fast, non-invasive, and produces detailed images that can be useful in diagnosing various conditions. If you have any concerning symptoms or are pregnant, contact OMNI on 1300851968 today to book an appointment for an ultrasound. The dedicated team at OMNI delivers the highest quality experience and reports for you.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.