The full bladder displaces bowel loops out of the pelvis and provides a window through which the pelvic structures may be examined.
The ultrasound probe will then be moved smoothly and painlessly over the skin surface. Depending on the clinical circumstances, an examination may last from 5 to 20 min.
The doctor or ultrasound technician may need to proceed with an internal ultrasound examination. This is dependent on the clinical indication. The radiologist will be consulted before the ultrasound technician proceeds with this type of examination.