Ultrasounds can be performed on most parts of the body and provide excellent information about a variety of conditions.
During an ultrasound examination sound waves are bounced back from parts of the body (like sonar) to give black and white (or in some cases colour) images. The sonographer uses a transducer (a hand-held device which produces and receives the sound waves) to produce the images. Ultrasound shows anatomy in “real-time” showing movement.
Ultrasound is particularly useful in pregnancy as there is no ionising radiation or known harmful effects.
How do I prepare?
- Wear a separate top to bottoms during your appointment. This makes changing for the examination easier.
- Please don’t apply any body lotion or sunscreen to your chest before the appointment.
- At the time of booking your appointment we will provide preparation instructions which should be followed.
Technology and Team
Each of our practices use a variety of equipment including Philips, Toshiba and GE machines.
Your ultrasound will be performed by a Sonographer who is a specially trained medical professional. The images the Sonographer captures are viewed by a Radiologist who makes a diagnosis, and issues a report for your referring Doctor.
What happens during my examination
You will be asked to lay down on a bed and the part of your body we’re imaging will need to be visible throughout the examination.
The Sonographer will move the probe over the area of interest and may ask you to move into several positions during the scan. Our Sonographers are discreet and professional and will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.
In most ultrasounds our Sonographers will use a warmed gel on you to help the probe glide over your skin with ease.
Each Ultrasound can take up to 30 minutes.
The Sonographer and Radiologist will work together during an appointment to ensure all the necessary images are captured. This means that sometimes, the Radiologist will come into the room. You will be consulted before this happens.
After your examination
The results of your Ultrasound will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.
The cost of an Ultrasound will depend on the reason for your scan. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.