What Are the Different Types of Ultrasound?

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Ultrasound scans can reveal a lot about your health. We can use different types of ultrasound to investigate different parts of your body or even to see a developing baby in the womb. Cardiac Screen can perform all of these different scans at our private ultrasound clinic in London.

What Are the Different Types of Ultrasound?

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a type of soundwave that is below the human range of hearing. The equipment in our private ultrasound clinic can use these soundwaves to create detailed pictures of your insides. The ultrasound probe sends out the soundwaves, which will then be bounced back by different kinds of tissue inside your body. The probe will collect the ultrasound echoes and turn them into clear pictures of your organs that will move in real time.

Pregnancy Scan

Pregnancy scans are the most well known type of ultrasound. We can use ultrasound to check on a baby’s growth and development during pregnancy. It is possible to screen for specific conditions such as Down’s syndrome and to check for a wide range of different abnormalities. Being able to diagnose conditions in the womb ensures that parents are able to make the best choices about their antenatal care. It can also ensure that your doctors are prepared to provide any additional treatment that may be required at birth.

Diagnostic Ultrasound Scans

In addition to performing baby scans, we can also investigate symptoms in many different parts of the body at our private ultrasound clinic:

  • Echocardiogram: a special type of ultrasound to look at your heart
  • Abdominal scan: an ultrasound conducted over your belly to check for problems with the abdominal organs such as the liver and kidneys
  • Thyroid scan: an ultrasound of the thyroid gland in your neck, usually to diagnose growths
  • Transvaginal scan: an internal ultrasound to check the ovaries and uterus
  • Testicular scan: an ultrasound to check for issues such as testicular torsion or growths including cancer

The ultrasound images can show different types of tissue (including bone and muscle) as well as fluid-filled areas. We can check for structural problems with an organ or diagnose growths such as ovarian cysts or tumours. The results of the scan can help us to understand what might be causing your symptoms. It can also guide your treatment.

Vascular and Doppler Scans

Ultrasound scans don’t just show us what is happening with your organs. We can also look at the blood vessels that supply your body with oxygen and nutrients. Problems with the flow of blood through these vessels can have serious consequences. We can check for blockages such as blood clots that could cause issues like deep vein thrombosis.

We can also perform a special type of scan called a Doppler scan, which enables us to measure the movement of blood through your arteries. The scan is usually performed on the carotid artery that supplies the brain. It can tell us if you are at risk of stroke, which often happens when this artery has been narrowed by a build-up of fatty material inside it. Scans can therefore help us to prevent potentially serious health problems.

If you need to arrange any kind of ultrasound scan in London then you can book an appointment at our private ultrasound clinic.