Ultrasound Scan


What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scans are most commonly known for their use on pregnant women. However they are also used in a wide range of different settings.


How is it useful?

Ultrasound scans are very useful at looking at the different tissues below the skin. The probe shines a beam which is reflected back to it by the different layers of tissue under the skin. The beams used cause no harm to the body. Ultrasound is commonly used to look at the liver and spleen, but it also has a wide range of other uses.


How is it performed?

Some jelly is applied to the area being looked at and then a probe is placed onto the skin. Apart from slight pressure from the probe, patients do not feel anything. The scans are quite quick, lasting 5-10minutes. Patients are required to follow instructions from the Nurse or Doctor performing the scan.


When will I get the results?

The health professional performing the scan writes a report which is then sent to your Doctor. This process takes a few days.




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Written by: Dr T Rider

Editor: Dr J Newman

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