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.