An ultrasound is a scan that uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to look for any changes in organs and tissue.
A referral letter from a consultant or GP is required before booking any diagnostic investigation.
An ultrasound can show internal organs as well as blood flow so is used to look for changes in organs and tissues. It is used for a variety of investigations in different parts of the body:
On some occasions, ultrasound can be used in complex surgical procedures. Surgeons may use ultrasound to guide procedures such as needle biopsies because it produces a clear image of the affected area.
Our dedicated radiology team will give you tailored advice to follow if required, prior to your appointment.
We understand that having a scan can potentially be a time of anxiety and worry. Our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you, to support and reassure you.
During an ultrasound, we will ask you to lie on a medical couch, usually facing upwards.
The radiologist will apply a clear gel to the area of your body being examined. This helps the ultrasound machine, which uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures, make secure contact with your body.
The radiologist will move part of the machine over the area of interest to get a picture.
An ultrasound is carried out as an outpatient case so you will be able to go home straight after or as soon as you’re able.
Before you go home it’s important that you ask your radiographer when and how you will receive your results.
If you haven’t been told the results of your test within two weeks you should call the hospital or the doctor who requested your test. You should make sure your doctor has seen your report and has acted upon the results.
Our highly skilled Consultant Radiologists will perform your ultrasound, they will talk you through every step of the process.
We understand that having any type of investigation can potentially be an anxious time. Our caring medical staff will be there for you.
Before you go home after your ultrasound, it’s important that you ask when and how you will receive your results.
If you haven’t been told the results of your test within two weeks you should call the hospital or the doctor who requested your test.
You should make sure your doctor has seen your report and has acted upon the results.
If you have any questions or concerns about your ultrasound you can call and speak to a member of our Radiology team, please call 01424 757401.