Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Ultrasound examinations are carried out by a trained sonographer using an ultrasound machine.

Sophisticated computer software and sound waves are used to gain an image by bouncing the waves into your body and back to the transducer held by the sonographer. There is no radiation involved in these types of examinations.

Kidney and Bladder Ultrasound

There are many reasons why a doctor may request that you have a kidney and bladder ultrasound and the examination is tailored to the specifics of the request from your referrer.

The test takes approximately 30 minutes and involves lying on an ultrasound bed. A transducer is gently rubbed over your skin. Warm gel is used as a coupling agent and allows the smooth transmission of the sound waves into and out of your body.

Preparation: Empty your bladder 60 minutes before your scan appointment time.  Over the next 30-45 minutes you need to drink 1 litre of water (approx 6-8 glasses). Do not empty your bladder until after the examination.

After your scan:  The images obtained by the sonographer will be reported by one of our specialist radiologists.  The report will be sent to the clinician that referred you for your scan. This normally occurs within 24 hours but it is often sooner, dependant upon how the referrer prefers to receive their reports. 

 

Upper Abdominal Ultrasound

The scan is ideal for showing the upper abdominal organs such as liver, kidneys and spleen but not so good for bowel or stomach.

During the scan the transducer is gently rubbed over your skin. Warm gel is used as a coupling agent and allows the smooth transmission of the sound waves into and out of your body.

Preparation: You need to have not eaten for six hours prior to your scan. During this time you may drink water, tea or coffee but with NO milk.

After the scan:  The images obtained by the sonographer will be reported by one of our specialist radiologists.  The report will be sent to the clinician that referred you for your scan. This normally occurs within 24 hours but it is often sooner, dependent upon how the referrer prefers to receive their reports. 

 

Pelvic Ultrasound

The scan takes approximately 30 minutes and involves lying on an ultrasound bed. The transducer is gently rubbed over your skin. Warm gel is used as a coupling agent on your skin and allows the smooth transmission of the sound waves into and out of your body.

In some instances more information may be needed about your pelvic organs than can be obtained using the traditional method as described above. In those instances the sonographer would discuss with you whether you are willing to have a Transvaginal (TV) scan.  This internal pelvic scan can provide very clear images of the smaller organs in your pelvis but it is entirely your choice whether this is undertaken.

Preparation: Empty your bladder 60 minutes before your scan appointment time.  Over the next 30-45 minutes you need to drink 1 litre of water (approx 6-8 glasses). Do not empty your bladder until after the examination.

After your scan: The images obtained by the sonographer will be reported by one of our specialist radiologists.  The report will be sent to the clinician that referred you for your scan. This normally occurs within 24 hours but it is often sooner, dependent upon how the referrer prefers to receive their reports. 

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

There are many reasons why a doctor, physiotherapist or specialist may request that you have a musculoskeletal ultrasound. The scan is ideal for showing the tendons, bursae and ligaments in some areas of the body. The most common is the shoulder but ultrasound is also useful in looking at elbows, ankles and hips.

The scan normally takes between 15-30 minutes to complete.

After the scan: The images obtained by the sonographer will be reported by one of our specialist radiologists.  The report will be sent to the clinician that referred you for your scan. This normally occurs within 24 hours but it is often sooner, dependent upon how the referrer prefers to receive their reports. 

 

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound involving therapeutic injection

This scan is ideal for showing the tendons, bursae and ligaments in some areas of the body. The most common is the shoulder but ultrasound is also useful in looking at elbows, ankles and hips.

Depending upon what the scan shows it may be of benefit to carry out a therapeutic injection of  hydrocortisone. This is something that is offered by the Radiologist if he/she believes that you will benefit from it.  The injection itself is done by the Radiologist using the ultrasound scanner to guide him/her.

You may experience some residual discomfort at the injection site for a few hours afterwards. The possibility of this will be discussed with you prior to any injection being carried out.  Usually a mild painkiller is enough to settle the discomfort.

After the scan: The images obtained by the sonographer will be reported by one of our specialist radiologists.  The report will be sent to the clinician that referred you for your scan. This normally occurs within 24 hours but it is often sooner, dependent upon how the referrer prefers to receive their reports. 

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