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An ultrasound scan is a painless diagnostic test using high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. The ultrasound probe is moved over the skin transmitting the sound waves to the relevant internal body part; the echoes that reflect or “bounce” off that part of your body are used to create an image.
Doppler ultrasound is an additional technique that can be used to examine blood vessels to provide both structural and functional information.
We carry out a wide range of ultrasound scans on various parts of the body including:
Ultrasound scans are available every weekday including evenings
You will need to be referred for diagnostic imaging by a GP or healthcare professional before you can have an ultrasound scan. Ensure you bring the original request form from the GP.
Depending on the type of examination you are having you may need to prepare, for example by fasting or filling your bladder. If any preparation is required, you will be told when booking your appointment.
You may be given a gown to change into depending on which area of the body is being scanned. Once ready, your sonographer or Consultant Radiologist will accompany you into the scanning room and ask you to lie down on a bed. They will spread a thin layer of gel onto your skin over the area to be scanned and slide the ultrasound probe over this area until a good image can be found. The scan should be painless and will take between 15-30 minutes depending on which area is being scanned.
A Consultant Radiologist or Ultrasonographer will read and report on the images from your scan. Images and results will be sent to the doctor, consultant or specialist who referred you for an ultrasound for them to discuss with you. This is generally within 48 hours but can be sooner.