What is an ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scanning uses high frequency sound waves to images structures within the body. Ultrasound is very safe and does not involve X-rays so avoids the very small risk of radiation. Ultrasound gives excellent views of the solid organs such as the liver, spleen and kidneys. Ultrasound is also able to give dynamic “real-time” images and is very useful in guiding needles for targeted biopsy and small tubes to drain infections.
The scan will be performed and reported by an expert radiologist who specialises in the field. The report is sent to your surgeon who will discuss the findings with you in the clinic.
Do I need any preparation for an ultrasound scan?
The radiology department that performs the scan will be in touch to make an appointment. You may be asked to drink plenty of fluids so you have a full bladder at the time of your scan. The radiology department will send out information to you and do contact them if you have any questions.
Once you are in the scanning room, you may be asked to remove some clothing and wear a hospital gown. A small amount of clear jelly will be applied to the area to be scanned and an ultrasound probe used to perform the scan. The clear jelly will be removed at the end of the scan and you will be free to go home.