What is Sonography and Ultrasound Scanning?
An Ultrasounds scan, also known as sonogram is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of inside the body. These can be used to scan and check an unborn baby or diagnose conditions.
An ultrasound probe is used, this is a small device which gives off high-frequency sound waves, when these waves bounce off different parts of the body, they create “echoes” that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image. The image can then be viewed on a screen, to see what is happening inside the body.
The type of scanning available at ICE Clinic is external ultrasound scanning this is where the probe is moved over the skin:
- Early Scan (6-11 weeks, 20 mins) – To check fetal heartbeat and multiple pregnancies. Get confirmation and peace of mind
- Dating scan (12-16 weeks) – To determine number of weeks and estimate due date
- Gender Scan (16-32 Weeks) – To determine the sex and general wellbeing check
- Anomaly Scan (18-24 weeks, 30 mins) – A detailed scan to rule out any structural anomalies
- Growth Scan (24-36 weeks) – To determine the fetal weight by taking growth measurements to assess general fetal wellbeing
- Presentation Scan (37-40 weeks) – To determine the fetal position prior to giving birth and general wellbeing
- 4D Scan (24-32 weeks) – An opportunity to see your child in 4D and general wellbeing check. Colour images and video clips will be provided on a USB, CD or mobile device of your choice
- Non-Invasive pre-natal test (10 weeks-term, NIPT + Scan 20 mins) – The most accurate test for Downs Syndrome, other chromosomal anomalies and Xme rare genetic anomalies. This test is not routinely available on the NHS
- Nuchal Translucency (11-13.6 weeks NT + blood test) – Test combining the NT, bloods and maternal age to determine the risk of Down’s Syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities and heart defects
- Gender reveal packages (17-32 weeks) – If you are having a gender reveal party we can carry out a gender scan and if you would like it to remain a surprise we can enclose the results in a concealed envelope the hand on accordingly. You can book a live Gender reveal scan where friends and family can be present for the big reveal (pre-reveal scan required)
IVF and Fertility
- Pelvic Scan Fertility
- Detailed ultrasound scan of the uterus, endometrium and ovaries of women of child-bearing age undergoing or preparing for IVF
- Pelvic Scan Fertility + Bloods
- Detailed ultrasound scan of the uterus, endometrium and ovaries, including a wide range of blood tests. Often required prior to or during IVF treatment.
- Pelvic Scan Endometrial thickness
- Detailed scan of the endometrium (lining of the womb). This scan is often performed at a certain stage of IVF treatment.
Detailed Scans of the following areas for men over the age of 16.
- Upper Abdominal Scan
- Kidneys, Ureters and Bladder (KUB) + Prostate
- Upper Abdominal and Pelvis
- Testes and Scrotum (A scan of both kidneys maybe necessary in some circumstances)
- Abdominal Aorta
A detailed scan to assess the main blood vessel leading away from the heart. This scan is particularly recommended for men over the age of 60 who have ever smoked and for anyone with family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, both kidneys will also be assessed.
- Pelvic Scan
- Detailed ultrasound assessment of the uterus (womb), endometrium (lining of the womb) and ovaries for premenopausal women
- Pelvic Scan menopause
- Detailed scan for post menopausal women to assess the uterus, endometrium and ovaries + CA125 blood test for ovarian cancer screening
Detailed Scans of the following areas for women over the age of 16.
- Upper Abdominal Scan
- Kidneys, Ureters and Bladder (KUB)
- Upper Abdomen and Pelvis
- Abdominal Aorta
- A detailed scan to assess the main blood vessel leading away from the heart. This scan is particularly recommended for women over the age of 60 who have ever smoked and for anyone with family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, both kidneys will also be assessed.
- All of the abovementioned, relevant tests are available for our senior health patients.
- It may be deemed appropriate by your physiotherapist to have an ultrasound scan to get a clearer picture of your problem to help inform diagnosis
We also offer various blood tests:
- Menopause Profile
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Profile
- Amenorrhea Profile
- Antimullerian Hormone (AMH)
- Thyroid Profile (FT3,FT4, TSH)
- Female Hormone Profile (LH,FSH, Prolactin, Oestradiol (17-Beta)
- Male Hormone Profile (FSH,LH, Testosterone, Free Androgen Index, Prolactin, SHBG)
- HRT Profile (Lipid Profile,Glucose,FT4,TSH,FSH,OEST)
- Gluten Disease Profile (Tissue Transglutaminase (IgA); HLA DQ2/DQ8;Total IgA)
- Gluten Allergy Profile
- Coeliac Disease Profile (Endomysial IgA; Reticulin IgA; gLIADIN iGa+IgG, Total IgA, Tissue
- Transglutaminase (IgA); HLA DQ2/DQ8)
- Hepatitis A,B & C Profile
- TORCH Screen
Whilst some of the Ultrasound scans offered above are available via the NHS some people would rather put their mind at rest and book a private scan instead of waiting for an NHS scan, this offers peace of mind whether it be checking the for a fetal heartbeat or checking the condition of a major organ.
How long does session last?
This will depend on your scan, for more information please call our team.
Does it hurt?
An ultra sound should not cause you any discomfort, if anything is getting too uncomfortable it’s important you tell your clinician immediately.
Will the sound waves cause any damage?
Ultrasound waves are a safe way of diagnostic imaging.
Do I need to do anything to prepare?
Depending on the area of your body being scanned you may be asked to drink plenty of fluid and not go to the toilet before your appointment to ensure your bladder is full – this is most common in pregnancy scans and scans of the pelvic area.
Likewise, you may be asked to not eat before your scan if your abdominal area is being scanned.
What should I wear?
This depends on the area that needs treating, generally its recommended you wear comfortable, loose clothing so the Clinician can easily access the area that is being scanned.
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