A saline sonohysterogram, also known as an Aqua Scan, is a simple outpatient ultrasound procedure that looks at the endometrial cavity (the inside part of the uterus) and the endometrium (the lining of the uterous). It is usually performedin the ultrasound scan room and no sedation is needed but we are happy to offer a simple analgesia before the procedure upon request.
What does a saline sonogram involve? A speculum is inserted in the vagina to visualise the neck of the womb (like in a smear test). The neck of the womb (cervix) is cleaned and then a small soft catheter is passed gently through the cervix into the cavity of the womb.. Warm saline (salt water) is passed through the catheter whilst an internal scan looks at the lining of the womb.
3D saline sonography can diagnose polyps and fibroids in the uterous, an abnormally shaped uterus, intrauterine adhesions and a uterine septum which may be associated with subfertility, recurrent IVF failure and recurrent miscarriages.