Ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses high frequency sound waves to create images of internal structures and organs. It is an effective way to identify and detect abnormalities such as cancer, tumours, blood vessels and soft tissue abnormalities.
An ultrasound scan takes an image of the inside of your body and displays it on a screen. The procedure is carried out by a trained health professional (sonographer). They use a smooth, hand held device called a transducer that moves across your body with a sliding and rotating action to transmit the high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are then reflected by the different tissues in your body in different ways and this is how the ultrasound image is formed.
The Ultrasound Scarborough examination can be performed while you are sitting down or lying on a bed. The transducer will be positioned on your body and the sonographer will start the examination by gently applying gel to your skin. Once the gel is on, the sonographer will move the device along the area of interest and apply gentle pressure to allow them to visualize the area.
A typical ultrasound will take around 30 minutes depending on the type of examination that you have. However, vascular imaging (blood vessel related) may take longer because of the detailed imaging that is required.
Your sonographer will ask you questions about why you are having the test. They will then explain the test in detail to you. They will also answer any questions you have about the procedure.
They will show you the ultrasound picture and then take another one for comparison if needed. The sonographer will also discuss the results with you.
Many reasons can be a reason to request an ultrasound examination, and you will usually have to have an appointment for the test. Some of the most common reasons include:
In obstetrics (medical care during pregnancy and childbirth) this is used to monitor the baby’s growth, especially in the first few weeks. It is also useful to confirm the age of the baby and for Down’s syndrome screening, as well as to ensure that the baby is developing in a healthy manner.
It is also used to assess breast lumps and to diagnose and treat early breast cancer in women who have no symptoms. It is also useful for assessing and treating fibrocystic breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as pain or nipple discharge.
This is a valuable diagnostic tool for evaluating soft tissues such as the breasts, prostate, uterus and cervix. It is also a good way to look at the abdomen, particularly for detecting problems with the abdominal organs and bowel.
The best part of the procedure is that it has no ionizing radiation, which means there is no risk to you or your baby. It is also non-invasive and does not require the need for injections or anaesthetic.