• Fast procedure
  • Often same day appointment
  • Wearing of plain, comfortable clothes
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Everything you need to know about Ultrasound

How Ultrasound scans work

Ultrasound uses soundwaves to produce images of structures inside the body. These images can detect a variety of diseases and conditions. It doesn't use any radiation and is generally pain-free.

An Ultrasound scan can be used to examine most parts of the body, including:

  • Abdominal and pelvic organs
  • Joints, muscles and tendons
  • Soft tissues (breast, scrotum and neck)
  • Evaluating blood flow

What to expect

Ultrasound is a safe procedure which uses no radiation

You'll sit or lie beside the machine which looks like a TV screen with leads. Water soluble gel is applied, then a handheld transducer is placed on your skin with mild pressure and moved around. Sometimes ultrasounds are done internally such as trans-vaginal pelvic scans - the sonographer will explain the procedure and obtain consent prior to the examination. Once the scan is complete, you're free to leave.

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The day of the Ultrasound

Prior to arrival
Arrive 15 mins early to complete paperwork
Prior to scan
Gown if required
Approximately 20 - 30 mins
Ultrasound scan
After the scan
Final appointment with reception and time to go home
After scan
Images reviewed by radiologist and results sent back to referring Doctor