Ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses sonar waves. The sound is not audible to humans and is directed into the body using an ultrasound device. This device is placed against the skin. Before the examination, your doctor will apply a gel to the skin. This is important to improve the skin’s conductivity of the sonar waves. The waves move through the body and are reflected off of the organs.
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Different types of tissue reflect the waves differently. This is how we can create an image on the screen and make the organs inside your body visible.
When do you have an ultrasound examination?
The purpose of an ultrasound examination is to figure out whether there are anomalies in the examined body part using sonar waves.
Depending on the body part that is to be examined, you will be asked to undress. It is possible for some of the gel to get on your clothing, which is why it is important that you undress. This will help keep your clothes clean.
You will lie down on an examination table. A radiologist will carry out your ultrasound examination. They will apply some gel to the body part that is to be examined. This gel ensures conductivity of the sound waves and may feel a little cold. The transductor will be moved across your skin and the image on the screen will be examined. The examination is not painful and will take around 15 minutes.
Some ultrasound examinations require a bit of preparation in order to ensure good results. You may read about this in your appointment confirmation, or you will be informed about the preparations you will need to make by our administrative team. Please note that the examination cannot take place if you have not made the necessary preparations. In this case, a new appointment would have to be made.
Within 24 hours of the examination, a radiologist will examine the images and create a report. This report will be sent to the applicant (usually your GP), and you can make an appointment with them to discuss your results.
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- The examination takes around 15 minutes
The examination is not painful and relatively quick.
- You may need to make some preparations depending on the examination.
An ultrasound can be used to scan several different areas. Depending on the area that is to be examined, you may need to make some preparations. You can read about what will be expected of you in the brochure.