Preparation for ultrasound
Preparation depends on what part of the body you are having an ultrasound scan of.
- Abdominal & Pelvic Scans
- Require a period of fasting before your scan to reduce bowel gas. You will still be able to drink water and may in fact be instructed to arrive with a filled bladder which helps visualisation of pelvic structures.
- Musculoskeletal and other Soft Tissue scans
- No specific preparation is required. You will need to remove any dressings as ultrasound cannot see through them.
- Ultrasound guided injections
- To reduce the risk of infection we recommend that you shower or bathe the area of injection on the day of the procedure
When you attend for Ultrasound
You may be asked to change into a gown or simply to expose the body part being imaged. Ultrasound gel will be applied to the area and the probe placed on the skin and moved around as images are obtained by your doctor.
Can I ask questions during the study?
Of course you can, and our doctors will be happy to explain what they are looking at. They may not be able to provide you an explanation of your result at the time as ultrasound is often used in conjunction with other tests.
Please understand however that a great deal of concentration is required when performing these examinations, and your doctor may need to focus on the scan at times. This is especially true during injections.
When will I get the results
Your results may be explained to you to some extent on the day, but a full medical report will be sent to your doctor if you were referred. If you self-referred, your results will still be sent to you soon after the scan and also sent to your GP to combine with your medical records.
|Examination||Price||Price (including drugs)|
|Pelvic (transabdominal + transvaginal)||£450|
|Abdominal + Pelvic (transabdominal)||£450|
|US guided Hycosy||-||£550|
|Doppler scan (1 limb)||£400|
|Doppler scan (bilateral)||£550|
|Head & Neck diagnostic scan||£375|
|US guided FNA / tissue biopsy||£535|
|US guided soft tissue / joint injection||-||£415|
|US guided barbotage||-||£550|
|US guided hydrodilatation||-||£550|
|High volume Achilles treatment||-||£550|