What is an Ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create a diagnostic image of the body. Pulses of ultrasound are transmitted from a crystal in the transducer into the tissues of the body. These ultrasound waves are reflected back to the crystal from the tissues in the body to produce an electric signal. Computer analysis of this signal produces detailed diagnostic images on a screen which can be interpreted.
What happens during an ultrasound scan?
An Ultrasound scan is usually performed by a radiologist (or sonographer) who will move al handheld transducer over the skin or the body part being examined. A lubricating gel is applied to the skin with allows the probe to move smoothly and ensures a good and continuous contact with the skin.
Sometimes internal scans are carried out. A typical internal scan is a trans vaginal scan (TVS). For a TVS ultrasound the probe will be placed inside the vagina. Trans vaginal ultrasound is a test used to look at a woman's uterus, ovaries, uterine tubes, cervix and pelvic area.
Ultrasound does not use any ionising radiation and is safe and painless, although internal scans may cause a little discomfort. Ultrasound scans usually last between 15-30 minutes.
Preparing for an ultrasound scan
Many ultrasound scans do not require any preparations. However, if you are having an abdominal scan or TVS you may be asked to follow special instructions before the examination such as drinking water.
If you are concerned about anything prior to your exam, please contact our diagnostic team for more information.
The Montefiore has invested in three ultrasound scanners: 2 GE LOGIQ E’s, one of the most innovative machines available; and a GE VIVIDI Q, a bespoke machine for cardiac examinations.
Having an ultrasound scan at The Montefiore Hospital
At The Montefiore Hospital you can be treated even if you don't have private medical insurance. With a fixed price agreed in advance you can pay for one-off private treatment when you need it. Please note; a referral is required before we can book an ultrasound scan.
For more information or to book an appointment, please call our diagnostics team on 01273 828 088.
Cardiac ultrasound (Echocardiogram)
The Montefiore Hospital also offer cardiac ultrasound scans (also known as an echocardiogram) for patients. Cardiac Ultrasound is used to detect disease and defects in the heart such as muscle damage, blood clots, inflammation and enlargement. Find out more about cardiac ultrasounds by clicking here.