What is this scan for?


A hernia occurs when body tissue or an organ protrudes through an abnormal opening or in an abnormal way.  A groin (inguinal) hernia also called a sports hernia or sportsman’s hernia. It occurs when part of the intestine or internal body fat bulges through a weak spot in the abdominal wall and the inguinal canal. The inguinal canal is a passageway through the abdominal wall near the groin.



Typically, the symptoms of irregularities in the groin are:


  • Groin pain
  • Groin discomfort
  • Bulge or lump in the groin area
  • Leg pain
  • Restricted movement
  • Swelling
  • Testicular discomfort being caused by the groin region
  • Inflammation


This scan investigates if there are signs of a hernia.



What does this scan show?


This scan will assess the groin region for the presence of a groin hernia, enlarged lymph nodes and assess as follows:


  • To confirm the presence of a hernia
  • To distinguish the type of hernia
  • To measure the shape, size and location of the hernia
  • To identify the content of the hernia (omental fat +/- bowel)
  • Investigate if reducible vs non-reducible



The Ultrasound Procedure


Preparation: None required.


Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation.The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free.

During the ultrasound scan the sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then use an ultrasound probe to move gently over the skin to obtain images.  When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.






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