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An ultrasound scan uses very high-frequency soundwaves to create pictures of the inside of your body. Soundwaves are very safe. They don’t cause the same kind of damage as radiation or X-rays. The scan is conducted with a special handheld device that will be passed over your skin. The probe or transducer sends out soundwaves and then collects the echoes that bounce back. These echoes are used to create a picture, in the same way that bats use soundwaves to see. The moving pictures will be displayed on a screen in real time. Your doctor at our London Clinic can look at a particular organ, blood vessel or part of your body. It is even possible to see how well your organs are functioning and how blood is moving along your veins and arteries.
Imaging tests can be used to diagnose a wide range of different problems. Your doctor might want to perform a scan to investigate symptoms such as pain or swelling, to find out what is causing a lump, or to confirm a suspected diagnosis. Scans can also be used to assess how your condition is changing or to see how well the treatment is working.
Getting an ultrasound scan in London is very easy. The test is completely safe and you won’t be able to feel anything. You will need to remove any clothing covering the area to be scanned. You will then need to lie still while the test is conducted. The gel might feel a little bit cold as it is applied to your skin. You might also feel some pressure from the probe as it moves across your skin. However, the test won’t hurt at all.
Ultrasound scans can be used to investigate a variety of symptoms affecting many different parts of the body. The procedure is basically the same, but different kinds of probe and slightly different techniques may be used for some of these scans.
Get your Ultrasound scan at our London based practice