GROIN (HERNIA) SCAN
What is this scan for?
A hernia occurs when body tissue or an organ protrudes through an abnormal opening or in an abnormal way. 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
- Testicular discomfort being caused by the groin region
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 Scan Procedure
Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. During the ultrasound scan, a warm water-based gel is rubbed on the area to be examined and an ultrasound probe is gently moved around on the skin to obtain images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.