- Ultrasound is indicated in 90% of emergency gynaecological referrals.
- Approximately 23% of acute gynaecological admissions in the nonpregnant woman are for suspected ovarian cyst, yet only 30% of these women are found to have a cyst at ultrasound.
- The results of the ultrasound changes the management in nearly 40% of women and reduces admission rates by 50%, as well as reducing the need for follow-up gynaecological outpatient review.
- Ultrasound imaging must also be seen in the context of the general assessment of the patient and not in isolation.
Look at the ultrasound images on the following pages. Each demonstrates the common pathology found in the acute gynaecological setting and the specific features to each, which are used to make a diagnosis.