An inguinal ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to examine the right and left groin area. Your doctor may order this test if a lump is felt or if you are experiencing pain or tenderness.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?
- You can expect to be at the clinic between 30-60 minutes, depending on your procedure(s) and barring any unforeseen delays.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow enough time to check in with reception.
- Bring photo identification and your provincial health card.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Please do not bring children who require supervision.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?
- You may be asked to change into a gown.
- A warm, non-scented, hypo-allergenic ultrasound gel will be applied to the area being scanned.
- Your sonographer will ask you to lower your clothing to apply the gel and scan your groin.
- The sonographer will move the transducer around your groin and, if a hernia is a concern, you will be asked to perform various breathing techniques that help take the best images.
- You may be asked to stand as part of the exam.
- You may experience mild to moderate pressure while the sonographer takes the images.
- You may be asked to indicate the area of concern by pointing out the lump or area of pain if it is localized to one spot. This will ensure that the correct area is properly assessed.
- The radiologist may observe the exam since your results require watching the movement of structures in the groin.
- The radiologist may come into the scan room after your exam to speak to you about your results. You will then be free to leave.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
This exam is covered under the Alberta and Saskatchewan Health Care Plans.