Where is ultrasound?

The department is located next to the radiology department on Level B.
For pregnancy/obstetric scans please contact or refer to the antenatal department.

What is Ultrasound?

An Ultrasound scan involves the use of very high frequency sound waves to produce images of specific areas or organs of the body. It can also be used to provide further information about certain conditions through the use of taking a tissue sample (interventional).

When we receive the request form from your referring doctor, an appointment letter will be sent to you within 2 weeks. This will also provide information about the examination and any necessary preparation.

How long will the scan take?

Generally 15 to 20 minutes but this will depend on the type of scan being performed.

How should I prepare for the examination?

You should wear washable loose, comfortable fitting clothing for the procedure (hospital gowns can be provided if required).

Certain procedures will require you to starve for 6 hours before the examination or to drink a litre of water. Please read your appointment letter carefully.

When will I get the result?

The doctor who referred you for the procedure will get the report within a week of the scan.

Is the scan safe?

The ultrasound examination is perfectly safe in that no x-rays or any other forms of radiation are used.

Who performs the procedure?

The scan will be performed by a highly skilled sonographer or radiologist.

Procedures performed

Diagnostic Scans
Pelvis / Gynae (transvaginal or transabdominal)
Thyroid / Neck
Superficial Structures
Extracranial Carotid Arteries
Lower and Upper Limb DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Interventional/ Therapeutic Scans
Therapeutic Injections
Chest Drains
Abdominal and Pelvic Biopsies
Abdominal Drains
Abscess and Cyst Drains
Fine Needle Aspirations / biopsies
Fibroid Embolisation Consultations

Contact Information

(For pregnancy/obstetric scans only: 01483 571122 extension 4920)
Please contact us if you are diabetic

Ultrasound Department
Tel 01483 571122 ext 4150

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