Providing quick and easy access to private ultrasound scans at state-of-the-art hospitals throughout the UK.
Where can I find a private ultrasound scan in the UK?
BMI Healthcare is the largest independent provider of private health care in the UK. It is able to offer private ultrasound scanning at 59 of its comfortable and well equipped hospitals.
Why do I need an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses very high frequency sound waves to build up an image of soft tissue structures inside the body. Ultrasound scanning produces both still and moving images, and has a number of medical uses, including:
- Monitoring the development of an unborn baby
- Investigation of lumps in the liver, breast, testes, ovaries, gallbladder, thyroid gland and lymph nodes
- Diagnosis of aneurysms and problems affecting the joints, tendons and ligaments
- Checking the structure, function and blood flow of the heart (echocardiogram)
- As a guide for certain procedures, e.g. breast biopsy
How safe is an ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scans use sound waves rather than radiation to produce an image and are safe for everyone, including unborn babies.
What happens during an ultrasound scan?
The ultrasound scans at BMI Healthcare are conducted by a consultant radiologist and typically take between 15 and 45 minutes to complete. They are most commonly performed using a hand-held scanner (transducer). A gel is put onto the skin to ensure continuous contact, and the transducer is moved over the area being scanned. It is usually necessary to drink plenty of water to fill the bladder prior to a baby scan or a scan of the pelvis, or not eat or drink for up to four hours before a scan of the abdomen. The scan is completely painless, although some people find the gel cold and there may be slight discomfort from having a full bladder.
Ultrasound scans can also be performed using internal probes. These may be used to examine organs such as the prostate gland, ovaries or womb, or areas such as the stomach or oesophagus. Although more uncomfortable than an external scan, internal ultrasound scans should not be painful.
The ultrasound scan is analysed by the consultant radiologist and the results are sent to the referring doctor within two days.
Find your nearest BMI Healthcare hospital offering private ultrasound scanning
How can I get a private ultrasound scan at BMI Healthcare?
Ultrasound scanning is covered by most private medical insurance policies, however the prospective patient should check with their company in the first instance.
BMI Healthcare welcomes patients without private medical insurance and an indicative cost for an ultrasound scan can be obtained by calling 0800 656 9606. Alternatively a quote for an ultrasound scan is available on the BMI Healthcare website.