The examination is usually carried out by scanning through the abdomen but if the pregnancy is very early, scanning via a probe inserted into the vagina may be appropriate (transvaginal ultrasound).This scan is of value to any woman who may have concerns about her pregnancy, who is unsure of how far along she is or simply wishes to see the pregnancy progressing.
We also perform ultrasound scanning for musculoskeletal problems, testicular, vascular and breast imaging.
Trans-vaginal scans are also performed for appropriate cases.
All the scans are performed by Consultant Radiologists.
You will have the opportunity to see the images and discuss any findings with the radiologist.
We can also arrange for any further imaging as required.
Preparation for an Ultrasound scan If the scan for is symptoms of gall-stones or a general abdominal scan, we advise a period of 4-6 hours of starvation prior to the scan.
This is to enable the gall-bladder to distend well. If a pelvic scan is requested, we require a full urinary bladder for optimum images.
Please refer to the detailed patient information leaflet on USS for information on what an USS scan involves.
You could also visit the RCR virtual department website USS page and click on the relevant images for information.
From screening for Down Syndrome and examining the baby for normal development, through to sexing the baby, estimating the baby's size and providing images, modern ultrasound equipment and technical expertise enables women to avail themselves of a full pregnancy scan service. The age of the pregnancy is easily determined through ultrasound measurement and the presence of one, two or more babies is established.
The principal reason is for reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing satisfactorily and that the baby's heartbeat is present.