Ultrasound imaging is a common diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.
At London Bridge Hospital Outpatients our specialist consultant radiologists (both male and female) perform a wide variety of scans and interventional procedures. As sound waves are used instead of radiation, the procedure is believed to be completely safe.
Ultrasound procedures at London Bridge Hospital
Ultrasound images can be used by our radiologists for guidance during interventional procedures, such as biopsies and drainages. These procedures sometimes require a stay in hospital. They are performed under sterile conditions and the patient will be required to sign a consent form prior to the start of the examination.
All ultrasound scans take 15 to 30 minutes and we offer a chaperone service to all patients.
Common ultrasound procedures include:
Pelvic scan: This scan can be performed either transabdominally or transvaginally. For a transabdominal scan a full bladder is essential. You will be required to drink a litre of water approximately 30 to 60 minutes before your scan. The ultrasound probe is pushed against your lower abdominal wall and looks down into the pelvis.
A transvaginal (TV) scan is performed with an empty bladder. It uses a thin probe inserted into the vagina. This allows more detailed information to be obtained by having the probe closer to the pelvic organs.
Abdominal scan: This is performed transabdominally and will usually involve fasting for six hours prior to the examination to enable better imaging of the liver and gall bladder.
Renal scan: This is performed transabdominally with a full bladder. The scan looks at the kidneys and bladder.
Breast scan: This is performed by our specialist consultant radiologists. They have designated sessions in the department and are involved in our One Stop Breast Clinics.
Prostate scan: This is performed transrectally – an ultrasound probe in inserted into the rectum to allow for better visualization of the prostate gland.
Doppler Venous/arterial scan: This is performed by a specialist vascular scientist. Doppler imaging demonstrates blood flow within vessels.
Musculoskeletal scan: This is performed by our musculoskeletal consultant radiologists. Depending on the result of the scan, they may proceed to a steroid injection.
Echocardiogram: This is an ultrasound of the heart to assess damage to the organ and look for irregularities in size and heartbeat.
Why use our ultrasound services at London Bridge Hospital
- We understand that medical issues can be distressing, which is why we want to diagnose and begin treatment as soon as possible. This is why we aim for same and next day appointments, and endeavour to provide the results of diagnostic treatments within 48 hours.
- World-class consultant radiologists, from top teaching hospitals across London, work with us in our Imaging Department to help provide fast and accurate results.
- Using cutting-edge, leading innovations in diagnostics allows us to assess and identify medical conditions more quickly and provide a more effective treatment as a result.
- Care is informed by the specific needs of the patient – designed around achieving the best possible outcome in their recovery and aiding the right treatment.
To find out more about our ultrasound or other diagnostic services at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, please call: 020 3131 5016 or email us.
This service can be found at the following facilities: