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Sonohysterography (Saline Infusion sonography)

This technique is used to check the cavity of the uterus. It provides information in conditions of unexplained vaginal bleeding, infertility or multiple miscarriages. The procedure involves a transvaginal scan to assess the uterus and ovaries. Sterile saline solution is injected into the cavity of the uterus via a very fine tube. This gives a clear outline of the uterine cavity. Information is provided on intra cavity lesions such as fibroids and polyps. This can be critical in the planning of any hysteroscopic procedures. No specific patient preparation is required.

Pelvic Floor ultrasound

A greater awareness of the therapies now available for pelvic floor dysfunction, and the success of medical and surgical treatments, has seen an increase in requests for specialized imaging of the pelvic floor. Dysfunction may manifest as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary or faecal incontinence, pelvic pain, recurrent urinary infections secondary to incomplete voiding, constipation or the inability to control flatulence. Pelvic Floor Ultrasound is a dynamic study to assess pelvic floor dysfunction and Levator Ani defects. A full pelvic ultrasound and functional analysis of the pelvic floor is performed, using a combination of transabdominal, transvaginal and perineal ultrasound. All compartments of the pelvic floor are examined: anterior (the area around the urinary structures) middle (the area around the vagina) posterior (the area around the anorectal structures).
 The information gained from the scan is both anatomical and functional, which can aid in surgical planning, post operative assessment of pelvic floor repair and requirement for physiotherapy.

Hysterosalpingo-sonography (Tubal Patency test)

This technique is used to check the patency of the fallopian tubes. The procedure involves a transvaginal scan to assess the uterus and ovaries. A small amount of special gel with micro bubbles is injected into the cavity of the uterus via a very fine tube. This gel goes through the fallopian tubes into the pelvic cavity checking for tubal patency. The gel does not contain radioactive/iodinated contrast material and is non embryo toxic. No specific patient preparation is required. The optimum time to perform the examination is the week following the last menstrual period. The procedure is not performed if you may be or are pregnant.