Expertise in Ultrasound Scans
An ultrasound scan is a simple test that involves taking pictures of the human body using sound waves.
The patient is asked to lie down on a scanning table.
During the examination gel is applied on the area to be examined. The gel allows the ultrasound probe, which produces the sound waves, to glide over the skin. The gel is water soluble and will wipe off with tissue easily. You may prefer to wear loose clothing, which you can easily move and adjust out of the way.
An ultrasound scan does not involve the use of X-rays and is a simple and painless procedure. As you may know ultrasound examinations are performed during pregnancy, which indicates the harmlessness of the procedure. The access to the service is via GP referral. We accept patients of 18 years of age and above.
The report will be posted and for Coventry & Rugby CCG patients sent electionically to your GP usually on the next working day. Please make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss the result. The scan appointment is not a consultation.
The report is sometimes requested by the hospital when a GP makes a referral. If you would prefer that we do not send the report to the hospital database on your doctors’ behalf, please let the ultrasonographer know when you attend your appointment.
A note will be made on your record to prevent this happening. The report will never be released to any third party without your consent.
What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of an organ in the body. Ultrasound is very high frequency sound that cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be detected using a machine called an ultrasound scanner. The frequency of the sound waves is around ten million cycles per second (4-15MHz).
How does an ultrasound scan work?
High frequency sound waves, directed at your body, are able to pass through liquid and soft tissues, but not solid objects. When the ultrasound hits a dense or solid object, such as a fibroid or renal stone, it bounces back as an echo. Echoes of different strengths are reflected depending on the density of the object. A computer is used to translate the reflected ultrasound waves into an image.
What happens when you have a scan?
The patient is asked to lie down on a scanning table. During the examination gel (room temperature) is applied on the area to be examined. The gel allows the ultrasound probe, which produces the sound waves, to glide over the skin.
The gel is water soluble and will wipe off with tissue easily. You may prefer to wear loose clothing, which you can easily move and adjust out of the way.
Do ultrasound scans hurt?
No, not at all. There will be a very slight feeling of pressure as the ultrasound probe presses against your skin to make a good contact.
Are ultrasound scans safe?
Yes, ultrasound scans are completely safe because they use sound waves to create a clear image of the inside of your body. They have none of the associated risk of x-rays for example, and no side effects.
When will I know the result?
The report will be posted to your GP usually on the next working day. Please make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss the result. The scan appointment is not a consultation.
What do I need to do before a scan?
It depends on the scan. Sometimes you need to drink 2 or so pints of water before your scan or you may need to fast. This helps us get a good image.
How long does it take?
The scan itself takes about 20 minutes. You should allow around 40 minutes for your visit, as you will require to arrive prior to the appointment to register at reception.
Is there parking nearby?
Car parking is available on site free of charge.
What happens if I will be late?
It is not possible to see patients if they are attending more then 15 minutes after their appointment time, as this would cause a long waiting time for other patients.
What happens if I will miss my appointment?
If a patient does not attend no further appointment will be provided. The GP will be informed. You would need to see your GP again to be re-referred (if applicable).
How can you help us?
You may be asked to take deep breaths and hold it for a few moments. You may also be asked to change your position during the scan, such as turning on your side, to help get a better view.