Apologies in advance for this post, transvaginal ultrasound does come under the “ewww” category. However, a gynaecologist in NSW is currently on trial for sexually abusing his patients.
Article below, directly from news.com.au:
Doctor used probe like sex toy, says patient
A NEW South Wales gynaecologist looked “really delighted” as he used an ultrasound probe like a sex toy, a former patient has told a judge.
The woman, who broke down during her evidence today, said the doctor’s fingers repeatedly touched her genitalia, “at times like a caress” like you might have with a partner.
She was giving evidence in the NSW District Court at the trial of the gynaecologist, who cannot be named for legal reasons. He has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting five female patients under his care between June 2002 and May 2003.
Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC told Judge Greg Woods, who is hearing the trial without a jury, that the doctor touched or manipulated the clitoris of each of the women.
“In each case that was done during the course of an internal pelvic examination of each patient,” she said.
The doctor allegedly told one woman she had built up tension and “you need to have an orgasm”.
Defence barrister John Stratton SC said the women only came forward after a massive publicity campaign which was, to some extent, orchestrated by two firms of lawyers. Significantly, he said, some of the women had returned for consultations with the doctor after the alleged assaults had taken place.
The first witness was 33 when she was referred to the doctor, whom she saw twice for gynaecological problems.
“His manner was a little unnerving, he was over-enthusiastic,” she said, adding that he had not worn gloves on her second visit.
“He fondled my labia and I did not understand why, because I had these examinations before and they had not been part of the examination,” she said.
“He was visually very focused on my genitalia, and I had never experienced that before.”
He used an ultrasound probe to examine her internally, but used it “in a very unusual manner”.
“He was using it more like a sex toy than the probe that it was designed to be,” she said.
During his examination, “he looked really delighted”, he was smiling and “the expression on his face was one of enjoyment”.
She denied Mr Stratton’s suggestion that the doctor had a glove on his left hand and that he had just brushed her genitalia.
“They were not just brushes, they were purposeful,” she said.
She also denied his suggestion that any contact with her clitoris was simply incidental to a normal examination.
She agreed she had not told the doctor to stop during the examination, but she denied deciding she had been indecently assaulted only after reading that other people had complained about him.
The trial is continuing. [end article]
I thought I would add two diagrams of abdominal vs vaginal ultrasound. Frankly, the vaginal one looks fairly limited in range. The differences between the two are supposed to be in the imaging quality (having had both, they both look like shit on the screen to my untrained eye!). Frankly I prefer the less-invasive abdominal ones.