Diagnostic tests and scans

The diagnostic facilities at Spire Manchester Clinic Hale are safe and well equiped and all tests are performed by highly trained and experienced radiographers.  We are also able to offer rapid access to CT and MR imaging at our Manchester site, should it be required.

For more information about our diagnostic tests and scans please contact us on
0161 232 2694

Ultrasound at Hale


Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the body. It can show internal organs as well as blood flow, as a result ultrasound is used to look for any changes in organs and tissue.

Having an Ultrasound
For an ultrasound scan you will be asked to lie on a table, usually facing upwards. A clear gel
will be applied to the area of the body being examined, which helps the machine to make secure contact. The consultant radiologist will move the scanning probe over the area of interest to get a picture. 

Ultrasound is used for a variety of investigations:

  • Heart
    An echocardiogram is a specialised ultrasound scan of the heart which gives a range of information on the size, function and pressures of the heart, as well as information regarding the heart valves.
  • Prostate
    Ultrasound may be used to examine the prostate gland. It can help identify abnormal growths and whether or not the prostate is enlarged. Ultrasound can also be used to check for any abnormalities of the testes.
  • Uterus, ovaries and breast
    Ultrasound is used to look at the breast to identify any suspicious lumps and to examine the uterus and ovaries for abnormalities.
  • Other organs
    Ultrasound is also used to help identify tumours, cysts or gallstones in organs such as the gall bladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas and bladder.
  • Musculo-skeletal
    Ultrasound can help diagnose tears in muscles and tendons, look at bleeding or fluid in muscles and joints and examine ligaments and soft tissue.



An X-ray is a quick and painless method used to diagnose many health conditions.  The procedure involves exposing part of your body to a small dose of ionising radiation (X-rays).  X-rays can take images of any bone in the body and are also used to look at the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
X-rays can be used to look at bones, joints and soft tissues.

X-rays can be used to check:

  • bones for fractures or infection
  • joints for damage or inflammation
  • soft tissues and organs for signs of disease

Having an X-ray
The radiographer will position you on a table in the X-ray room. They will then place a film holder or digital recording plate under the area that’s being X-rayed.  The radiographer will then walk behind a screen to activate the X-ray machine. The whole procedure is painless and is usually completed within five to ten minutes.


For further information about our diagnostic tests and scans please call 0161 232 2694 or alternatively email manchesterradiology@spirehealthcare.com.

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