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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:
If you decide to have your treatment with us, you will be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.
Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care.
All of our radiographers are of the highest standard and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.
You will need a referral letter from a consultant or GP before booking any diagnostic investigation.
You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.
For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.
Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
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, holding your hand, every step of the way.
During an ultrasound, we will ask you to lie on a table, 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.
These tests are mostly painless. You might feel some slight discomfort but you shouldn’t need any pain relief medication.
When we discharge you we'll talk to you about an appointment to see your specialist again to discuss the test results.
You'll be able to return to work immediately.
Even once you’ve left hospital, we’re still here for you. Your specialist is likely to want to see you after your tests. We take an integrated approach so we can organise any other care that you may need should your test results show something abnormal.
We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns, we’re ready to help.
We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
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