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Diagnostic Ultrasound & Reporting

Diagnostic ultrasound is a quick and effective way to diagnose a multitude of different acute and chronic conditions. 

Ultrasound scans are regularly used to examine and provide information about organs, glands, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and soft tissue to help diagnose and treat conditions.

The advantage of ultrasound is that we can target the scan to the exact area of concern for highly detailed images. Unlike other methods, an ultrasound is a dynamic scan which enables the sonographer to move your joints while scanning to help get an accurate diagnosis.

*If you are, or suspect you are, pregnant, we do not carry out scans to check for this. We advise that you contact your GP or obstetrician who will be able to help you. If you would rather speak to our bookings team, call us on 0330 580 1153.

What is an ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound scan is a common procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the organs, blood vessels, and soft tissues inside the body. It can provide accurate information about the size, shape, and structure of these different parts and help identify abnormalities.

A small device called an ultrasound probe is used, which produces high-frequency sound waves. An ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure. 

The frequency of the waves means you can’t hear any sound but they reflect off different parts of the body, creating “echoes.” These echoes are received by the probe and turned into a detailed, moving image. This image is displayed on a monitor while the scan is being performed and can be saved in both video and photo form.

 

Areas we can ultrasound scan

If you have pain in any of these areas, an ultrasound may help to diagnose any underlying issue. 

Knee

Hip

Shoulder

Elbow

Hand & wrist

Foot & ankle

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Please complete the form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your next steps.

Frequent questions

You may be asked to follow specific instructions to help improve the quality of the examination.

For example, for a scan of the pelvic area you may be advised to drink more water and not go to the toilet until afterwards. For scans of the abdomen, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for several hours beforehand.

Depending on the area of your body being examined, you may be asked to move or remove some clothing and wear a gown.

Our team will advise you regarding any preparations when you book your ultrasound scan.

You will be called into the scan room, and your identity will be checked. You may be asked to move or remove some clothing and then lie down on an examination couch. The lights will be dimmed to allow the sonographer a clearer view of the screen.

A gel will be spread over the area of your body being examined, and the sonographer will place a hand-held probe onto your skin. By moving the probe, the sonographer can obtain the necessary views of your organs, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

You may be asked to hold your breath or change position to enable some areas to be seen more clearly. Selected images are saved as a record of the examination.

The whole examination will usually take between 10-15 minutes.

 

Our qualified sonographers will prepare a full report of your results within days.

If you have been referred for your ultrasound scan by your GP or another clinician, the results will be returned to them so they can go through the report and suggest any next steps for treatment and care.

If you have self-referred, we can arrange a consultation with our in-clinic GP who will explain the findings and recommend the next steps for your care. This could be with our paediatrician, one of our muscular-skeletal consultants, or other clinicians not part of the Jorja Healthcare clinic.

 

Yes, please call or complete the referral form and one of our team will book your appointment.

Ultrasound is a safe procedure, but there are some contra-indications which could prevent the scan. These are:

· Cancer: Ultrasound may increase cellular activity and chances of metastasis.

· Fractures: Ultrasound may interfere with the healing process of bones.

· Eyes: Ultrasound may damage the sensitive tissues of the eyes.

· Vascular disease: Ultrasound may worsen the blood flow or cause tissue damage in patients with poor circulation.

If you are, or suspect you are, pregnant, we do not carry out scans to check for this. We advise that you contact your GP or obstetrician who will be able to help you.

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