Ultrasound scanning is a method of obtaining images from inside the body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionising radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging.
Ultrasound imaging is used extensively for evaluating the pelvic and abdominal organs, heart and blood vessels, and can help a physician determine the source of pain, swelling or infection in many parts of the body. Because ultrasound provides real-time images it can also be used to guide procedures such as needle biopsies in which needles are used to sample cells from organs for laboratory testing.
Ultrasound is now being used to image the breasts and to guide biopsy for breast cancer. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate superficial structures such as the thyroid gland and scrotum (testicles).
Ultrasound scanning services
We can offer the following ultrasound scanning services:
- Screening for aortic aneurysms
- Liver biopsies
- Renal including biopsies
- Vascular doppler scans
- Gynaecological scans
- Ultrasound guided drainage
- Prostate biopsies
- Musculoskeletal including soft tissue scanning
For further information please contact the Radiology department on 01206 753 227.