BMI Healthcare provides an extensive range of diagnostic imaging services, including private ultrasound scans, performed at 50 BMI Healthcare hospitals in the UK. Ultrasound scans will be carried out by one of BMI Healthcare's specialist radiographers.
BMI Healthcare is the acute private hospital division of General Healthcare Group. It is the largest independent provider of private health care in the UK, committed to providing a consistent, high quality service to local communities.
Why choose BMI Healthcare for a private ultrasound scan?
BMI Healthcare has built up a reputation for providing excellent medical and surgical facilities, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and a high standard of nursing care, within pleasant and comfortable surroundings. BMI Healthcare deals with over 250,000 inpatient and 1,000,000 outpatient visits each year, and nearly half the procedures undertaken being of a major or complex nature. In patient satisfaction surveys, 98.5% of patients said they would recommend BMI. Read more about BMI Healthcare hospitals.
What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan uses high frequency wave sounds to create an image of an organ in the body. Ultrasound is very high frequency sound that cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be detected using a machine called an ultrasound scanner. It can be used to look at all soft tissue structures and blood vessels. Find your nearest BMI Hospital offering ultrasound scans.
Benefits of an ultrasound scan
An ultrasound scan does not use x-rays. The ultrasound waves are delivered by a small handheld sensor, which is similar to a microphone. As sound waves are used, rather than radiation, the procedure is thought to be completely safe.
What are ultrasound scans used for?
Used to monitor an unborn baby in a pregnant woman
Highlight congenital heart disease
Examine the prostate gland, uterus and ovaries and other organs of the body
Used during surgery such as biopsies (where the tissue sample is taken for analysis)
What happens during an ultrasound scan?
The examination will be carried out by a consultant radiologist. Usually an ultrasound procedure will take between fifteen minutes and half an hour, but it depends on the examination. You will be asked to lie down on a couch. Some cold gel will be applied to your body enabling the sensor, which is passed over your skin, to pick up sound waves and an image of the part of the body being scanned is produced. If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your scan.
Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within two days of your ultrasound scan. Read more about ultrasound scans in the UK.
Private ultrasound scan costs
For an indicative cost for a ultrasound scan please call 0800 656 9606 or you can get a quote for a ultrasound scan via the BMI Healthcare website.
You can also finance the cost of your health care using the BMI Card. The BMI Card is a unique credit card that allows you to spread the cost of health care, allowing you or your family to benefit from treatment at your chosen BMI hospital at a time convenient to you. Find out about financing health care with BMI Healthcare.
Other scanning services offered in the UK
BMI National Enquiry Centre
Unit1, Cameron Court
Tel: 0800 656 9606
Fax: 0141 882 6326
Web site: www.bmihealthcare.co.uk
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