This gynaecological scan is available to post menopausal women (i.e. 1 year after last period).
It involves an ultrasound scan as well as a biochemical test to assess the risk of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths among women. It results in 5 % of all cancer deaths in women.
We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape and condition of the:
lining of the womb
if required, imaging of the bladder and both kidneys
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are:
monitoring the effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on the uterus
detection or monitoring of fibroids
checking for causes of irregular bleeding
detection of endometrial polyps
baseline screening for ovarian cancer
A blood sample will also be taken to determine the levels of CA-125, a tumour marker which has been linked to an increased risk of having ovarian cancer. CA-125 is found in higher concentrations in ovarian cancer cells than in other cells and is currently the most common tool used to detect this type of cancer.
Need to expose lower part of abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e Trousers / skirts.
Drink 0.5 Ltr (1 pint) clear fluid approx 1 hour before appointment time.
Milk and Fizzy drinks are not recommended.
Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.