Ultrasound

Ultrasound, unlike X-Ray, is a radiation-free method that we use to image the inside of the human body using high-frequency sound waves

Ultrasound is a painless, low cost examination.  Ultrasound does not use radiation, it is the preferred modality for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies. Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as needle biopsies and joint injections.

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR ultrasound 

  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, to allow for easy access to the area being imaged.
  • Depending on the type of examination you are referred for, additional preparation may be required, which you will be advised of when making your appointment. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR EXAMINATION

  • On arrival you will be greeted by Reception Staff who will take you through to the Ultrasound waiting area.  From there you will be collected by one of our Sonographers who will take you into an exam room and explain your procedure.   
  • The Sonographer may ask you questions about your medical history or the details of your illness or injury and you may be asked to remove clothing or change into a gown.
  • You will then be positioned on an examination table and a gel will be applied to the body, in the area to be examined.  This helps the transducer make secure contact with the skin. The sound waves produced by the transducer cannot penetrate air, and the gel helps eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin.
  • The Sonographer or Radiologist presses the transducer against the skin and sweeps it back and forth to image the area of interest. If further imaging is required, such as internal (transvaginal) imaging, an injection or biopsy, the details will be discussed with you and you can make a decision whether you wish to proceed with this.
  • Ultrasound imaging itself is painless but there may be varying degrees of discomfort as the transducer is guided over your abdomen, especially if you are required to have a full bladder.  If scanning is performed over an area of injury or tenderness, there may be minor discomfort associated with the procedure.  The Sonographer or Radiologist will ask if you're okay with the pressure being applied, please tell them honestly if it is too uncomfortable for you.  
  • The examination usually takes about 20-30minutes.

 

AFTER YOUR EXAMINATION

  • Once we’re finished the scan the images will be examined by one of our onsite Radiologists.  We’ll send the results to your GP or health specialist and they will take it from there.

 

For any questions you may have before or after your examination, please Contact Us.  

 

 

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