Ultrasound Diagnostics Services
How To Book an Ultrasound Scan
No referral required, you can book an ultrasound direct with us.
Your NHS GP can also refer you to our Private Ultrasound Clinic.
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An ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.
An ultrasound scan can be used to monitor an unborn baby, diagnose a condition, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures.
How ultrasound scans work
A small device called an ultrasound probe is used, which gives off high-frequency sound waves.
You can’t hear these sound waves, but when they bounce off different parts of the body, they create “echoes” that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image.
This image is displayed on a monitor while the scan is carried out.
What happens during an ultrasound scan
Most ultrasound scans last between 15 and 45 minutes. Scans are performed by our highly experienced sonographers.
There are different kinds of ultrasound scans, depending on which part of the body is being scanned and why.
Types of Scan:
- external ultrasound scan – the probe is moved over the skin
- internal ultrasound scan – the probe is inserted into the body
Are there any risks or side effects?
External and internal ultrasound scans don’t have any side effects and are generally painless, although you may experience some discomfort as the probe is pressed over your skin or inserted into your body.
If you’re having an internal scan and are allergic to latex, it’s important to let the sonographer or doctor carrying out the scan know this so they can use a latex-free probe cover.
Endoscopic ultrasounds can be a bit more uncomfortable and can cause temporary side effects, such as a sore throat or bloating.
There’s also a small risk of more serious complications, such as internal bleeding.
Preparing for an ultrasound scan
Before having some types of ultrasound scan, you may be asked to follow certain instructions to help improve the quality of the images produced.
For example, you may be advised to:
- drink water and not go to the toilet until after the scan – this may be needed before a scan of your unborn baby or your pelvic area
- avoid eating or drinking for several hours before the scan – this may be needed before a scan of your digestive system, including the liver and gallbladder
Depending on the area of your body being examined, we may ask you to remove some clothing and wear a hospital gown.
Please see preparation guide below:
|TYPE OF SCAN||PATIENT PREPARATION|
|Upper Abdomen||Nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to scan aside from sips of still water.|
|Renal only||Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the scan. Do not empty your bladder.|
|Female Pelvis – Gynaecology only||No preparation. Please be advised this will be an internal scan.
Contraindications: if not sexually active or do not use tampons, please fill your bladder
|Transabdominal Pelvis||Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the scan and do not empty your bladder.|
|Lumps & Bumps||No preparation.|
[please specify area to be assessed]:
Shoulder | Elbow | Wrist | Hand | Hip | Knee | Ankle | Foot/Feet
|Paediatric Pelvis, Renal & Abdomen
(6 to 16 years)
|Three to four medium size glasses of juice or water 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to scan. Do not empty your bladder.|
|Vascular – Carotid/DVT…||No preparation|
|Early pregnancy scan – 5 weeks plus||Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the scan and do not empty your bladder. If clinically indicated an internal scan may be necessary.|
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