A groin ultrasound is used to assess the area between the upper thigh and abdomen. In most cases it evaluates the muscles and soft tissues in this region but can also visualize blood vessels and blood flow. Common indications for a groin ultrasound include assessment of a lump, trauma, pain, and for inguinal or femoral hernias.
Your examination will be performed by a sonographer. Upon being taken into the examination room the sonographer will introduce themselves, confirm your identity and examination. You may then be requested to change into a gown or lower the bottom half of your clothing to allow access to the area concerned. A clear gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined (groin). The ultrasound probe is then placed in contact with the skin and moved over the surface to study the structures below. The examination should not cause pain, but if you are already tender in this area there may be some minor discomfort.
With cases of hernia examinations, you will be requested to strain in an attempt to produce the symptoms. Sometimes you will be asked to stand while being scanned if this is the best method to display any hernia that may be present. The radiologist (specialist medical doctor) may attend, so this should not cause you any alarm.
Before your Scan
There is generally no preparation required for a groin Ultrasound.
If your doctor is also querying conditions such as appendicitis or kidney stones where the pain may be originating in your lower abdomen, then sometimes a full bladder will be helpful. Please discuss this at the time of booking your appointment.
It is a good idea to wear clothing that allows easy access to the area that is being imaged.
Approximately 15 – 30 minutes.