The role of ultrasound in acute gynaecology

Author(s): Jonathan Gaughran, Judith Hamilton

Hospital: Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 45, 529, 14-15


Non-pregnant women with acute pain or bleeding account for 25% of emergency gynaecology presentations. It is not always clear on history-taking and examination what the diagnosis is and indeed whether they are more appropriately cared for by general surgeons or gynaecologists. High quality pelvic ultrasound scanning is invaluable in these situations. A reproducible and structured framework for performing and interpreting ultrasound reduces error and patient harm. This article offers a step-wise approach to scanning the non-pregnant women with suspected acute gynaecological pathology.

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