ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound

Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves, which are inaudible to our ears, to create images of the inside of our bodies.

A small device called an ultrasound probe emits sound waves that travel through fluid and soft tissues. The sound waves bounce back off the different tissues in different ways, producing echoes. Theses echoes are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image displayed on a monitor. From this the radiologist or sonographer can see what is going on inside your body.

An ultrasound scan is painless and completely safe because it doesn’t use radiation.

Ultrasound scans are used to create images of internal organs, glands, muscles, tendons and joints. They can diagnose problems of the:

  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • kidneys
  • appendix
  • bladder
  • ovaries
  • testicles
  • pancreas
  • thyroid gland
  • lymph nodes

Ultrasound is the the modality of choice for problems such as gallstones, testicular problems, and is excellent for looking at muscles and tendons, amongst many other uses.

An ultrasound scan can help determine is a lump is solid or cystic (fluid-filled) and can often determine the diagnosis. When further information is required, ultrasound can be used  to guide the doctor when taking an biopsy (a small tissue sample taken with a thin needle to test for cancer cells).

Most people are familiar with  ultrasound scans being used to monitor unborn babies during pregnancy.

Depending what type of scan you are having you may be given special instructions to follow to improve the quality of the images. For example, if you are having a pelvic scan or pregnancy scan, you will be asked to drink water and not to go to the toilet until after the scan. If you are having a scan of your digestive system, liver or gallbladder, you will need to avoid eating for a few hours beforehand.

If you need a sedative, it will be given through a small tube in the back of your hand or into your arm. In some cases you may be given an injection of a harmless microbubbles that will show up on the scan. This will leave your system naturally.

Your appointment letter will set out any specific instructions you need to follow. In general, allow up to 45 minutes for your scan and wear loose, comfortable clothes.

You can normally go home straight after your scan.

Interventional Radiology

We offer Interventional Radiology, which is a way of diagnosing and treating disease that requires minimal intervention.

An interventional radiologist treats certain conditions through the skin, which might, otherwise, require surgery. Image guidance methods – ultrasound scans, for example – are combined with a range of approaches including biopsy needles, balloons, catheters, microcatheters, stents and therapeutic embolization to treat internal organs.

The risk to the patient is lower than with more invasive procedures.

Information for GPs

Our experienced consultants can help you and your patients with expert diagnostic testing and prompt reporting.

Other scans offered by Windsor Radiology group include:

For fast, reliable radiology services, contact Windsor Radiology

To book an appointment or discuss a diagnostic test in more depth, use our contact form below or contact us directly using your preferred method.

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