Ultrasound scan

Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Wirral can provide rapid access to state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging for all private and insured patients.

Whether your clinician believes an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerised tomography), X-ray or ultrasound would be most appropriate to support diagnosis – patients from the North West of England are able to take advantage of highly sophisticated technology within a comprehensive hospital setting.

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. (Please note, pregnancy ultrasounds may not be offered at all Spire hospitals.)
  • 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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Opening Times at our Radiology Department

We offer a flexible range of convenient appointments from early morning to late evening:

  • Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 8.30am - 1pm

Imaging at Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral

To make an appointment or to find out more information please call: 0151 929 5262.
For general enquiries, please complete the form on the right-hand side of this page and our customer services team will respond to you directly.

You can bring in your referral form or post your referral form to The Radiology Department, Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Holmwood Drive, Thingwall, Wirral, CH61 1AU.

Please Note:
Before your appointment can be arranged you must obtain a referral from either your GP or specialist. As an integrated department within a private hospital, help is at hand should onward referral, treatment, surgery or advice be required following the results of your scan.

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