How Long Does It Take to Get Results from a Pelvic Ultrasound?

Pelvic ultrasounds are a safe and non-invasive way to identify, assess, and diagnose gynaecological issues. Patients who experience pelvic pain, abnormal periods, or fertility issues may require an ultrasound to identify and diagnose any potential conditions. Ultrasound examinations are also used to monitor the health of a developing fetus and its mother during pregnancy. Ultrasounds give doctors valuable information about the health and function of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Knowing what to expect and how long it takes to get the results from a pelvic ultrasound is helpful for patients undergoing this procedure.

What Does a Pelvic Ultrasound Exam Involve?

Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create images of the organs in the pelvic region. They are usually done in an outpatient setting, such as a hospital, a clinic, or a private radiology practice. During the procedure, gel is applied to the area to help transmit the sound waves, and then a device known as a transducer is moved over the pelvic region. The transducer then emits sound waves into the body that bounce off internal structures and are then received back by the transducer. The echoes produced by the transducer are converted into digital images. Pelvic ultrasounds are typically carried out by an ultrasonographer, obstetrician, or gynaecologist, who will then assess the images for diagnostic purposes.

How Long Does the Ultrasound Procedure Take?

The duration of the pelvic ultrasound procedure itself is brief, usually taking between 30 to 60 minutes. This includes the time needed for the patient to prepare for the exam, which may involve undressing and changing into a gown. The actual scanning time is often less—around 15 to 30 minutes—although this varies depending on the specific reasons for the examination and whether additional views or angles are required to obtain sufficient information.

What Does an Ultrasound Show?

A pelvic ultrasound can show a variety of conditions and abnormalities. This technology is widely used to diagnose conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and ectopic pregnancies. For reduced fertility or infertility, an ultrasound can also aid in assessing the lining of the uterus and ovaries during fertility treatments. The use of ultrasound to monitor the development of a fetus, assess the placenta, and monitor amniotic fluid levels is standard practice in obstetrics.

How Long Does It Take to Get the Results of an Ultrasound?

After the examination, images are reviewed by a radiologist or gynaecologist who can interpret ultrasound images. The time frame for receiving results can vary depending on the facility and the urgency of the situation. Results are usually available within a few days or a week, but in urgent cases, preliminary results can be provided to the referring physician on the same day. Following up with the doctor to discuss the results and any necessary steps after that is essential.

Pelvic ultrasounds are vital imaging and diagnostic tools that help doctors view the reproductive and pelvic organs. It is widely used as it is non-invasive, and patients are not exposed to radiation. While the procedure itself is relatively quick, the time taken to receive results can vary, and it’s essential to maintain communication with your healthcare provider to understand the findings and any further actions that may be needed. If you’re preparing for an ultrasound or waiting for your results, it is essential to discuss any of your concerns with your healthcare provider.

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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.