UltrasoundWhat is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scanning uses sound waves to provide an image of the inside of the body.

It is often used to look at your internal organs, tendons, muscles and joints. Ultrasound can also be used to show blood flow through the blood vessels/arteries.

What happens during an ultrasound scan?

Our consultant or sonographer will take the time before your procedure to explain everything to you. You will then be asked to lie down upon a raised bed, normally facing upwards.

The lights will be dimmed so that the monitor can be seen clearly and the consultant or sonographer will then apply a clear hypoallergenic gel to the area of your body which requires scanning.

During the scan, the consultant or sonographer will move a small sensor across the skin to look at the area from different directions and viewpoints. The images captured are instantly shown upon a screen.

You may be asked to hold your breath or to move into different positions, this is completely normal.

How long does an ultrasound scan take?

Ultrasound is a very straightforward scan. The scan usually takes only 10 – 15 minutes, with the entire appointment lasting approximately 30 – 40 minutes.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, we are happy for a friend or family member to accompany you.

Are there any side effects?

No, the procedure is entirely safe.

What happens after an ultrasound scan?

Our consultant or sonographer will help you to wipe off the gel which is washable. Your skin may still feel slightly sticky but will soon dry. After this, you can go home.


This information is also available on a downloadable patient information sheet.

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