Going for a routine pregnancy scan could reveal much more than you expected as one new mum-to-be recently discovered.
Louise Mitchell was excited to attend her 12-week scan but was shocked to discover she was growing more than her precious unborn baby inside. Doctors identified an ovarian cyst which Mitchell had no idea about. After tracking the cyst throughout the pregnancy, it was eventually removed after Mitchell gave birth. It was then that the doctors discovered the cyst was cancerous. So, her initial pregnancy scan had actually saved her life.
Many women are unaware of the hidden benefits of pregnancy scans. However, they have the ability to not only detect problems such as cysts but identify what type of cyst it is. Here, we’ll look at some of the biggest benefits of pregnancy scans and gynaecology scans.
Understanding ultrasound scans
Ultrasound scans have been used since World War II, though the method has changed dramatically over the years. They were initially designed to detect abnormalities, though are now more frequently used during pregnancy.
Today, a probe known as transducer, is placed against the skin, before high-frequency ultrasound is pulsed into the body. The ultrasound waves are then reflected off the tissue, where the probe picks it up and produces an image.
Gynaecology scan and cysts
Pregnancy ultrasounds aren’t designed specifically to only detect baby. So, it is possible they can detect cysts. However, depending upon the size, shape and type of the cyst growing within the body, the practitioner may not be able to pick up on the cyst if they aren’t really looking for it.
Pregnancy scans also don’t necessarily tell you which type of cyst you have if one is detected. So, accuracy wise, they can prove accurate, but it will depend upon the nature of the cyst and the experience of the practitioner carrying out the ultrasound.
Is it worth undergoing a gynaecology scan?
If you are concerned about your gynaecology health, it could be worth undergoing a specialist scan. As well as pregnancy scans, at SureScan, we offer comprehensive gynaecology scans too.
These scans can detect a wide range of abnormalities. They can be used to detect abnormal bleeding or discharge, endometriosis, fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, menstrual disorders and Polycystic ovaries to name just a few conditions. Another thing they can detect is congenital anomalies.
Congenital anomalies are known to increase the risk of miscarriages. While 2D scans can detect them, 3D scans provide a much more accurate diagnosis. 3D scans are also more accurate at pinpointing the location, size and type of issue detected, such as cysts and fibroids. The benefits of a gynaecology scan definitely make them worthwhile, whether you’re pregnant or hoping to get pregnant in the not too distant future.
So, the next time you’re heading for a pregnancy scan, you may get more than you bargained for. However, the fact pregnancy scans can detect problems such as cysts is highly beneficial. It means early treatment can be sought and the problem can be closely monitored throughout the pregnancy. In some cases, these ultrasound scans could even save your life.