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Ultrasound information

Is any preparation necessary for an Ultrasound scan?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound scan. You will need to remove all clothing and jewellery in the area to be examined.

Preparation for the ultrasound scan varies depending on which organs the Radiologist or Sonographer want to examine. At the time of the booking we will provide you with the correct preparation based on the type of ultrasound scan you need.


What will happen at my appointment?

The scanning procedure

After checking in at the reception of Diagnostic Healthcare, for most ultrasound scans, you will be asked to lie down in a position which allows the sonographer or radiologist to examine the area that needs to be looked at. A clear gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The sonographer or radiologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. A screen with the ultrasound image will be visible from the bed. The gel will wipe off easily after the test, but it is best not to wear clothes which could be damaged by stains.

How will I understand the results and what may I need to do then?

Your ultrasound test results will be sent by post to your home and your GP or consultant, up to 48 hours after the scan. You will need to discuss the results with your GP in the first instance.

For more information or to book a Ultrasound scan, please contact Diagnostic Healthcare:
Tel:+44 (0) 161 929 5679
Email: info@dhc.uk.com