Why Would a Gynaecologist Do an Ultrasound?

Why would a gynaecologist do an ultrasound? The gynaecological community has relied on ultrasound technology since the 50s. This fast, safe, detailed, and non-invasive tool can be used to examine patients. Using soundwaves, ultrasound machines create images of the reproductive organs. Ultrasounds are a powerful diagnostic tool that allows doctors to work out treatment plans and ensure better outcomes for patients. Doctors rely on different types of ultrasound methods to diagnose many conditions and monitor the health and development of fetuses.

Why Do You Need a Gynaecological Ultrasound?

The soundwaves an ultrasound emits bounce off the tissue and bones inside your body to reveal an image on the ultrasound screen of your internal organs. A doctor may recommend an ultrasound to observe blood flow, joint inflammation, thyroid glands, and breast lumps, among other things. In gynaecology, the device is used to examine your reproductive organs, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus. If you are experiencing various symptoms and a physical examination has not provided the necessary answers, the gynaecologist will recommend an ultrasound. Ultrasounds are recommended before CT scans, MRIs, and laparoscopies because they are a safe and non-invasive way to detect abnormalities.

What Symptoms Lead a Gynaecologist To Do an Ultrasound?

A lot of symptoms and conditions can be linked to gynaecological issues. Some of the most common signs and circumstances which call for ultrasound are:

If you are pregnant, a doctor will conduct an ultrasound to detect issues, monitor the development of the fetus, estimate the due date, and rule out an ectopic pregnancy.

If you are experiencing pelvic pain, an ultrasound can be used to find the cause of the pain.

If you are experiencing fertility issues, a doctor may be able to identify the reason for it.

If you experience heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods, a doctor might be able to find the cause.

During menopause, it’s common for doctors to use ultrasound to diagnose related conditions.

What Can a Gynaecological Ultrasound Diagnose?

A doctor can diagnose a broad range of conditions with a clear view of your reproductive organs.

An ultrasound helps diagnose:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Ovarian cysts – benign and malignant
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Structural abnormalities of the uterus
  • Endometrial and Cervical Polyps
  • Blockages in the fallopian tubes
  • Viable pregnancies
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Miscarriage

What Types of Ultrasounds Do Gynaecologists Conduct?

A gynaecologist would use transvaginal, abdominal, or transrectal ultrasound. Which method they use will depend on your symptoms, the types of images the doctor requires, and the reason for the exam. Transvaginal ultrasounds are performed by inserting a wand-shaped transducer into the vagina in the early stages of pregnancy or to examine the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. The images produced are more detailed than an abdominal ultrasound. Abdominal ultrasounds use a larger transducer externally over the abdomen during pregnancy or to observe the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Lastly, during a transrectal ultrasound, a small wand is inserted into the rectum to view the uterus and ovaries.

Ultrasound is a safe and versatile tool used by doctors, gynaecologists, obstetricians, and sonographers to detect abnormalities and diseases throughout the human body. Owing to the complexity of the reproductive system, this has become a critical tool for gynaecologists to treat women across the globe. If you are pregnant or experiencing symptoms similar to those mentioned above, book an appointment with a gynaecologist today for your ultrasound.

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.