If you are reading this page you have been invited for an ultrasound scan. The time, date, location and scan type have been supplied in the text message you received.

If you are unable to attend this appointment or have any special needs e.g. limited mobility, hearing or sight problems, interpreter requirements, or are diabetic, please telephone 0844 335 8993 (Mon – Fri 8am – 5:30 pm) as soon as possible.

We want to ensure that your appointment with us runs smoothly and therefore it is very important that you read the information below so that you understand what happens during an ultrasound scan.

Instructions:

1. Please report to reception upon arrival and you will be directed to the appropriate waiting area. If you are unable to find the correct area please contact head office for assistance on 0161 929 5679.
2. We advise you to wear clothing which is easy to remove to enable access to the area we will be scanning.
3. Please allow time for parking – spaces are often limited and if you are late for your appointment we may not be able to scan you.

• We always do our best to see you on time, however sometimes there are unavoidable delays.
• Your scan may be performed by a person of the opposite sex. Please contact us if this is of concern to you.
• Please be aware that we will be holding personal information regarding your test (including all the images that we acquire). We would like to assure you that your information is treated confidentially.

Preparation for your specific scan

Please read below the preparation needed for your type. If you are still unsure after reading this please call 0161 929 5679.

The following scans require NO preparation:

  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasounds to include soft tissue masses, lumps and bumps.
  • Skeletal scans for soft tissue assessment including shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, hands, wrists, ankles and feet.
  • Groin and abdominal wall herniae.
  • Testes.

The following scans require preparation:

For Ultrasound of ABDOMEN
Do not eat anything for a minimum of 6 hours before the scan. You may drink water or squash, black tea or coffee but must avoid milk. All regular medication should be taken (including water tablets) with a small amount of water.

If you are diabetic and are concerned please contact us.

For Ultrasound of ABDOMEN AND PELVIS
Do not eat anything for a minimum of 6 hours before the scan. You may drink water or squash, black tea or coffee but must avoid milk. You are required to drink at least 850ml/1.5 pints of water one hour before your appointment. DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER
All regular medication should be taken (including water tablets) with a small amount of water.

If you are diabetic and are concerned please contact us.

For Ultrasound of PELVIS OR RENAL AREA
You are required to drink at least 850ml/1.5 pints of water one hour before your appointment.                                    DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER
All regular medication should be taken (including water tablets) with a small amount of water.

Many thanks
Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd. on behalf of your local NHS.

Below is information about your ultrasound scan:

What is an Ultrasound Scan?
An ultrasound scan is a picture of part of the inside of the body using sound waves of a frequency above the audible range of the human ear. A small hand-held sensor, which is pressed carefully against the skin surface, generates sound waves and detects any echoes reflected back off the surfaces and tissue boundaries of internal organs. The sensor can be moved over the skin to view the organ from different angles, the pictures are displayed on a screen. Most people think that this type of scan is only used in pregnancy for examining the unborn child but its use is widespread in medical practice.
Ultrasound images complement other forms of scans and are widely used for many different parts of the body. They can also be used to study blood flow and to detect any narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, for example, in the neck.

Who will be doing the ultrasound scan?
The examination will be performed by a sonographer (sometimes called an ultrasound practitioner). Sonographers are healthcare professionals who have trained further to specialise in the technique of ultrasound scanning. They carry out a great number of these examinations and may also provide a report of their findings to your doctor.

How should I prepare for my scan?
Some preparation may be required if your pelvis, kidneys or bladder are to be scanned, you may be required to ensure that your bladder is full before the examination can begin. For some examinations such as of the gall bladder and pancreas, you may be required to fast for a specified number of hours.

The Examination:
In most cases an ultrasound scan itself does not produce discomfort and apart from the sensor on your skin you will not feel anything. There are occasions where a small percentage of patients will feel some discomfort when the sonographer might have to apply pressure to the body to get the correct image.
You will be taken into a room where you will be asked to sit or lie in the best position to enable the part of your body being scanned to be accessed. The lights will be switched off so that the pictures on the screen can be seen more clearly. A gel will be applied to your skin over the area to be scanned. The gel allows the sensor to slide easily over the skin and helps to produce clearer pictures. The sonographer will slowly move the sensor over your skin while viewing the images on the screen
If you have limited mobility, please call us when you get this letter so that we can try and make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Selected images from your scan will be saved so that they can be viewed later.

Upon completion, the gel can be wiped off and you will be free to get dressed.

After the scan: The scan will be reviewed after your visit and a written report on the findings will be sent to the doctor (or other Healthcare professional) who referred you for this examination. You should contact your doctor to receive the results unless he or she has made different arrangements with you.

Are there any risks?
For a standard diagnostic ultrasound there are no known harmful effects on humans.

What if I have any questions?
If you have any questions about your ultrasound scan please contact our call centre at: 0161 929 5679 or 0844 335 8993

Other sources of information:
Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd: www.dhc.uk.com
NHS Direct: For health advice or information you can call NHS Direct on 084545647 or visit the website www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk