An ultrasound scanner uses sound waves which you cannot hear. It produces a picture from echoes of these sound waves from your body.
You will be asked to lie on a bed for the scan. You may have to take off some of your clothes and put on a gown. Water-based gel is put on your skin. The scan can take between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the type of scan being done.
If you need to do anything special your appointment letter will tell you what to do.
There is usually no need to change any regular treatment. If you do need to stop taking a drug your letter will tell you.
No. Ultrasound is painless and safe. You will not feel any effect from it. There are no after effects.
A report is sent to the doctor who asked us to do the scan.
If you have any other questions, please ask the staff in the Medical Physics Department. You can telephone, or ask before the scan starts.