Q: What is an Ultrasound scan ?
A: It is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body. The frequency is higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing.
Q: Will I be going into a tunnel ?
A: No the scanning procedure is a handheld transducer that the Sonographer holds against the body to obtain the required image that is displayed and captured by a computer system.
Q: Will I feel any sensations ?
A: Ultrasound scans are straight forward procedures, they are generally non-invasive (unless receiving an internal scan) and are not painful. There may be varying degrees of discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.
Q: Are there any risks in having an Ultrasound scan ?
A: For a standard diagnostic ultrasound scan there are no known harmful effects.
Q: How long is my appointment ?
A: The whole process takes approximately 20 minutes per body part scanned.
Q: Can I eat and drink prior to my appointment and scan ?
A: Depending on the body part to be scanned, instructions will be given at the time of your appointment confirmation; this could be a full bladder or fasting.
Q: What do I need to wear ?
A: Loose clothing as the sonographer will need to have unrestricted access.
Q: Will I receive the results of the scan straight away ?
A: The results of the scan will be analysed by the Sonographer and if necessary by a consultant and sent to your GP, and you can discuss the scan with the Sonographer.
Q: May I bring a friend or relative with me ?
A: Yes you can although they will not be permitted to enter the scanning room. If you require assistance there will be a Health Care Assistant (HCA) available to help and if you prefer to have someone with you please request a Chaperone.