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Ultrasound imaging is a common diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. At London Bridge Hospital specialist Consultant Radiologists (both male and female) perform a wide variety of scans and interventional procedures. As sound waves are used rather than radiation, the procedure is believed to be completely safe.

Ultrasound images can be used by the radiologists for guidance during interventional procedures such as biopsies and drainages. These procedures sometimes require a stay in hospital. They are performed under sterile conditions and the patient will be required to sign a consent form prior to the start of the examination.

All Ultrasound scans take between 15-30 minutes and we offer a chaperone service to all patients.

Common ultrasound procedures include:

Pelvic scans: This scan can be performed either trans-abdominally or trans-vaginally.

For a Trans-Abdominal Scan a full bladder is essential. You will be required to drink a litre of water approximately 30 to 60 minutes before your scan. The ultrasound probe is pushed against your lower abdominal wall and looks down into the pelvis.

A Trans-Vaginal (TV) Scan
is performed with an empty bladder. It uses a thin probe inserted into the vagina. This allows more detailed information to be obtained by having the probe closer to the pelvic organs.

Abdominal scans: Performed trans-abdominally and will usually involve fasting for 6 hours prior to the examination to enable better imaging of the liver and gall bladder.

Renal scans: Performed trans-abdominally with a full bladder.

Breast scans: Performed by specialist consultant radiologists who have designated sessions in the department, and who are also involved in our One Stop Breast Clinics.

Prostate scans: Performed trans-rectally – an ultrasound probe in inserted into the rectum to allow for better visualization of the prostate gland.

Doppler Venous/arterial scans: Performed by a specialist vascular scientist. Doppler imaging demonstrates blood flow within vessels.

Musculoskeletal scans: Performed by musculoskeletal consultant radiologists who, depending on the result of the scan, may proceed to a steroid injection.