Diagnostic Healthcare puts your health first
Diagnostic Healthcare in Manchester is an advanced diagnostic screening facility offering screening services unrivalled elsewhere in the North West. The clinic provides advanced diagnostic screening services designed to reduce the risk of debilitating diseases, for both NHS and private patients.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound scan (Ultrasound test / imaging) is a common diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. The sound waves bounce off the organs inside the body, and are picked up again by the microphone as they bounce back. The microphone is linked to a computer which translates the reflected sound waves into a picture. Because ultrasound produces dynamic images, it can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Advancements in ultrasound technology include three-dimensional (3-D) ultrasound that formats the sound wave data into 3-D images. A Doppler ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to evaluate blood as it flows through a blood vessel. It helps doctors to evaluate blood flow through the major arteries and veins of the arms, legs and neck.
Common uses of Ultrasound:
The way the ultrasound bounces back from different tissues can help to determine the size, shape and consistency of organs, structures and abnormalities and can be used for many situations:
Help to monitor the growth of an unborn child (foetus). Ultrasound scan is used to check for abnormalities, assess the unborn child age, health and position. An ultrasound scan is routine for pregnant women.
Help to diagnose problems of:
The Abdominal organs:
||Abnormalities which can be detected by ultrasound scan include cysts, tumours, and infections.
The benefits of Ultrasound scans
Ultrasound scans are painless and safe
Most ultrasound scanning is non-invasive (no needles or injections)
Unlike X-rays and other imaging tests, ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation
Ultrasound scan gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images
Ultrasound causes no health problems and may be repeated as often as is necessary
Ultrasound scan is a very safe technique and can be used to examine an unborn child (foetus) in pregnant women to assess its age, health and position
Ultrasound is widely available and less expensive
What will happen at my appointment?
You will be asked to lie down in a position which allows the sonographer or radiologist to examine the area that needs to be looked at. A clear gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The sonographer or radiologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. A screen with the ultrasound image will be visible from the bed. The gel will wipe off easily after the test, but it is best not to wear clothes which could be damaged by stains.
Where can I get an Ultrasound scan?
Your Ultrasound scan can be performed in the following locations:
Oldham Integrated Care Centre (ICC)
New Radcliffe Street
Arrowe Park Hospital: Arrowe Park Road
St. Catherine's Hospital: Church Road
Victoria Central Hospital: Mill Lane
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Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd
3 Bridgewater Embankment
Tel: 0161 929 5679 / Fax: 0161 941 6486
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