Ultrasound scan

At Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham we carry out various types of ultrasound scan in our X-Ray department.

For information or prices please call 0121 580 7141 or email cservice-la@spirehealthcare.com.


What is an ultrasound scan?

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, and 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 with the body. The radiographer will move part of the machine 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.
  • Pregnancy
    Ultrasound is used to look at the foetus during the early stages of pregnancy, to help assess its age, position and health, and the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby.
  • 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.
  • Assisting in complex surgical procedures
    Ultrasound is also used to guide procedures such as needle biopsies as it produces a clear image of the affected area.


Pay for private diagnostic tests and scans such as an ultrasound with a one-off payment at Spire Healthcare
 

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X-Ray: For appointments call 0121 580 7141
Monday: 8.30am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 8.30pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Thursday: 8.30pm - 5pm
Friday: 8.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm

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