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
- both ovaries
- 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.
We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary. A laboratory report will follow with the results for the CA-125 analysis.
Using the latest cloud technology, Ultrasound Direct can send your scan images and report to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE. This secure online service is available with every scan performed in an Ultrasound Direct clinic at no extra cost.
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.
Maintain normal medication.
Important - your personal information
The blood test combined with the post menopause scan is analysed in the UK by our authorised partners TDL. By booking a post menopause scan appointment with us you are agreeing to your personal information being shared with TDL solely for the purpose of this test. Your express permission will also be asked during your appointment.
Frequently Asked Question
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.