Ultrasounds are incredibly safe, but they can be difficult to assess. As such, our ultrasounds are always Consultant led. This guarantees you the most accurate and informed report possible. This short but detailed guide should answer most of your questions about ultrasound scans at London Imaging Centre.

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What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of the body. It is one of the safest types of scan you can have. In ultrasound, a small sensor (transducer) is moved over the skin. The sensor projects and detects its own sound waves, which bounce off different parts of the body. A computer then organises the reflected waves into a picture, which can be looked at from different angles.

What is an ultrasound used for?

Ultrasounds are used to look at many different parts of the body, particularly organs like the heart, lungs and liver. They are also used to look at blood flow, and are good for checking for thin or blocked veins and arteries.

What does an ultrasound involve?

Normally a nice lie down. A water-based gel is applied to the skin in the region being scanned and the sensor moved over it. The picture appears on a computer screen almost instantly, so we dim the lights to make this picture clearer.

Why use London Imaging Centre?

lister-houseWe’re specialists in almost all types of ultrasound, including:

  • General
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Paediatrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Abdomen & Pelvis
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections
  • Fine Needle Aspirations
  • Vascular Carotid Doppler’s

We want to know that all our patients are as relaxed and as well cared for cared as possible. So you can be confident you’ll be in good hands. We’re even conveniently located. You’ll find us in the heart of the Harley Street district in Central London, just a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street station.

Is ultrasound safe?

There are no known risks to an ultrasound. It’s safe, painless and involves NO radiation. We use ultrasound to check on newborn babies precisely because it is so harmless. Male, female, adult, child – anyone can have an ultrasound.

Does it involve an injection?

Sometimes. It depends on why you are having the ultrasound and you will be informed beforehand if this is likely to affect you.

Some procedures may involve an injection to help relieve joint pain, or allow the patient to move more freely. Alternatively, the ultrasound may be part of a process requiring an ‘aspiration’. This is where fluid from a joint, lump or cyst is extracted. Quite often the fluid is then sent for further analysis.

Do I need to do or know anything before my ultrasound?

This depends entirely on the type of scan you are having. You will be informed when making your appointment if this affects you. However, if you have a concern or question then please speak to your referring clinician or give us a call.

Some people will not need to do anything. Others should not eat food for four hours, or should have a full bladder. You can check our handy list below to see where your scan falls.

 

Can I bring my children?

We do have an area where children can wait while you have your scan, however it is unsupervised. As such, it is preferable if children are not brought to the centre. This will also help us perform your scan quickly and without distractions.

 

receptionWhat happens when I arrive?

Our staff will be able to guide you through the procedure when you arrive. They’ve done this hundreds of times, so you’ll be in knowledgeable hands. So you’re fully aware of the procedure, it involves these three simple steps.’

1. Registration

As soon as you arrive, a member of our staff will take your name and arrange for you to meet your Consultant Radiologist. You can find out more about our consultants here.

2. Consultation

This is your chance to ask all the questions you like. Make sure you let the Radiologist know if you are anxious about anything.

3. Prepare for the scan

Depending on the region being scanned, you may be asked to wear a gown. There is a changing room, which can be locked to keep possessions safe.

How is the ultrasound performed?

This will differ depending on the type of ultrasound you are having. However, there are some aspects that will happen no matter the type of ultrasound being performed.

  • Get in position – You will be asked to lie on a bed. The Consultant Radiologist will then position you in the way appropriate for the part of the body being scanned.
  • Have gel applied – This is water-based substance that helps the sensor glide of the skin easily and contributes to a clear image.
  • Perform the ultrasound – The sensor will be moved over the skin. As this happens you will be able to see the image on a special computer located in the room.

How long will the ultrasound take?

The actual scan normally takes up to 20 minutes, although this varies depending on the region being scanned.

How much does ultrasound cost?

Our Consultant-led Ultrasound is priced as low as £250. Why not call us for further information.

When will I get the results?

onlineA Consultant Radiologist will analyse your ultrasound almost immediately and send a report to your referring clinician. This will happen within one working day (excluding bank holidays). You should arrange an appointment with your referring clinician to discuss the results. You’ll also be able to take your images away on a CD.

 

What should I do if I don’t hear anything?

Contact the clinician who referred you or give us a call. We may be able to contact your referring clinician on your behalf.

How do I book an ultrasound?

diagnosisYou will need a referral from your clinician. You or your referring clinician can then book an appointment using one of 3 simple ways:

  • Complete our secure online booking form – fill one in here
  • Send us an email to help@london-imaging.co.uk or fax us your referral to 020 7631 1604
  • Call us on 020 7042 1888 – our Reservations Team will be happy to discuss and arrange an appointment

For peace of mind, all patients will receive a booking confirmation, either by phone, email or both.

How do I change my booking?

We are happy to reschedule your appointment at any time. We ask that you give us plenty of notice so the appointment can be made available to other patients. Our centre is open from 8am to 10pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends.

All you need to do is complete our step by step booking form and leave the rest to us. We will email or call you shortly to confirm your booking*. Alternatively, you can request a call back and one of our Reservations Team  will be happy to contact you.

*Online booking is available for single region appointments only. All bookings are also dependent on confirmation via email from our Reservations Team and prices may vary based on your referral form. Call us on 020 7042 1888 for further advice or information.

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