Northern Ultrasound for Women

COVID-19 Ultrasound Protocol

We are operating as normal but are taking all appropriate precautions and complying with Government COVIDSafe regulations to ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff.

We are screening every patient prior to attending their appointment. Our rooms are sanitised daily with extra cleaning of high touch-point areas. Hand sanitizer and sanitized pens are provided for each patient.

Air purification systems with internal UV-C have been installed in the waiting and ultrasound rooms.

Social distancing is in effect, temperatures are checked on arrival and the wearing of face masks is mandatory by patients and accompanying person while in the waiting room and during appointment.

We have implemented the following protocols:

    • Requesting patients with pre-booked appointments to call ahead of the appointment if experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms - fever (+ 37.5 deg. C), cough or shortness of breath, sore throat, aches and pains, loss of taste or smell (see health.gov.au) or have been in contact with another person with known or suspected of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Requesting patients to attend the appointment alone or strictly one support person (adult) to attend and for the support person to be free of all COVID-19 symptoms and comply with all screening criteria.
    • Strictly no children under age 16 to attend the appointment.
    • Requesting patients and any support person to wear a face mask, disposable masks will be provided if necessary but it is advised to bring your own face mask.
    • Ensure you have responded to your SMS appointment confirmation as evidence of your appointment, if asked to show evidence by authorities.
    • Support person will be required to provide contact details using our QR Code, to comply with DHHS regulations for the purpose of contact tracing
    • On the day of your appointment, you may be asked to wait outside the waiting room for a short period to comply with social distancing rules.

Our reception staff will be asking screening questions ahead of appointments. We’re confident that patients will understand why they are asked to wear a mask or asked to defer appointments if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Our Doctors and Sonographers will be wearing P2/N95 masks as protective equipment.

Northern Ultrasound for Women is not equipped to cater for infection isolation, therefore if you are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should contact your GP, referring doctor or the emergency department immediately.

Our priority is keeping our patients and staff members safe whilst maintaining the highest standards of ultrasound imaging and service. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our helpful staff on 9457-1466.

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Northern Ultrasound for Women, Suite 8 Level 2, 8 Martin St,
Heidelberg 3084
VIC AU
Tel 03 9457 1466
Fax 03 9457 1400

Saline Infusion Sonohysterography (SIS)

What is it?

Saline Infusion Sonohysterography (SIS) or saline ultrasound uterine scan uses a small amount of saline (salt solution) inserted into the uterus (or womb) that allows the lining and cavity of the uterus (endometrium) to be clearly seen on an ultrasound scan.

The SIS test is performed by an obstetrician sonologist with specialist skills in carrying out this type of procedure. A sonologist is a registered obstetrician and gynaecologist who has undertaken additional sub-specialty training and qualifications in performing and making diagnoses from ultrasound examinations and procedures.

Who should have the procedure?

SIS helps to see if there is any thickening or small growths (polyps) of the endometrium of the uterus that may have been seen on a prior pelvic ultrasound scan. SIS can also be carried out to assess the postmenopausal endometrium in patients who have postmenopausal bleeding.

How is the procedure performed?

On the day of the procedure a transabdominal and/or transvaginal (internal) ultrasound is performed prior to the procedure. Before the procedure commences your bladder will need to be emptied completely.

For the procedure itself a speculum will be placed in the vagina and the cervix cleansed with antiseptic. A fine soft plastic tube (catheter) is passed through the cervix into the uterus.

The speculum is then removed while the catheter still remains in the uterus, and a transvaginal ultrasound transducer is inserted into the vagina.

The transducer is especially shaped to fit comfortably into the vagina. A protective sterile probe cover is placed over the transducer and lubricating gel is applied to it for ease of insertion.

A small amount of saline (salt solution) is inserted through the catheter into the uterine cavity. During and after the saline injection, the transducer is then gently moved around while images of the inside of the uterus are taken.

The saline fluid within the uterus allows the lining of the uterine cavity to be imaged clearly on the ultrasound screen.

Is it safe?

The procedure is safe. There is a small risk of introducing infection into the uterus and pelvis. If you develop symptoms of fevers, loss of appetite, pelvic pain, unusual vaginal discharge in the days following the procedure, please see your referring doctor for further assessment.

Very occasionally, handling of the cervix results in a reflex fall in blood pressure, and a fainting episode (cervical shock). If you are feeling faint or experiencing loss of vision or hearing during the procedure, please alert the doctor performing the procedure.

How to best prepare for the procedure?

You will be asked to go to the toilet and empty your bladder before the scan. If you are using a tampon, it will need to be removed. You can still have the scan if the period is just finishing and bleeding is light.

When in my cycle can I have the procedure?

The scan is best done as your period finishes, day 4-10 of your menstrual cycle. So, it is best to arrange your appointment according to your period dates.

An SIS scan cannot be carried out if you are pregnant or if you have had pelvic inflammatory disease.

You will be asked to complete a consent form on the day of the procedure.

How will I feel after the procedure?

After the scan, there is a small trickle of fluid from the vagina. This is the saline fluid that was inserted through the catheter coming out. It is commonly slightly blood stained and this may continue for 24 hours. You may wish to use a sanitary pad, but you are advised not to use tampons for the rest of the day.

Most patients feel normal after the scan with no after effects. Some patients may have some pelvic discomfort (like mild period pain), but this settles after a few minutes up to perhaps an hour or so, and is very uncommon.

A very small number of patients may have some discomfort due to the cervix and uterus being slightly irritated by the catheter. This usually passes within a few minutes and has no adverse outcome.

You will generally be well enough to drive home and resume normal activities, such as going back to work.

How long do the results take?

The doctor performing the procedure will send a written report of the findings to your referring doctor on the day of the procedure. You will be able to discuss the results at your next appointment with your referring doctor.