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Can ultrasound be used to detect cancer?
Yes, ultrasound is one of the diagnostic tools used to detect and monitor various forms of cancer. It can provide images of soft tissue structures within the body, which is helpful in evaluating organs where cancer might be present. If a suspicious lesion or mass is found, further tests may be recommended, such as a biopsy or a more specialized scan, to determine the nature of the abnormality. It is important to note that while an ultrasound can be suggestive of cancer, it cannot diagnose cancer definitively; a tissue diagnosis is necessary for that.
Do I need a referral from a GP to book a scan?
No, a referral is not necessary to book a scan with us. We provide direct access to private ultrasound services for those who wish to have immediate and flexible appointments.
What types of ultrasound scans do you offer?
We offer a wide range of ultrasound scans covering full body, pelvic, abdominal, thyroid, and musculoskeletal imaging. We also specialize in pregnancy-related scans, including early pregnancy assessment, dating scans, and advanced 4D scans.
How can I book an appointment?
Appointments can be booked online through our website, via telephone, or by visiting our clinic in person. We strive to offer appointments at times convenient for you, including same-day services when available.
Are your sonographers qualified?
Absolutely. Our sonographers are highly trained and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). A study by the Society of Radiographers highlights the importance of qualified professionals in delivering accurate diagnostic imaging.
How long does it take to get the results?
In most cases, preliminary results are discussed immediately after the scan. A detailed report from our specialists will follow within 24-48 hours.
What is the cost of an ultrasound scan?
Our pricing varies depending on the type of scan and the complexity of the examination. Please visit our Pricing page or contact us directly for detailed information on our fees.
How should I prepare for my ultrasound scan?
Preparation for an ultrasound scan can vary. Generally, we advise patients to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Specific preparation instructions will be provided at the time of booking, depending on the type of scan you are having.
Is ultrasound imaging safe?
Yes, ultrasound is a non-invasive, safe, and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to create images of the inside of the body and does not involve radiation.
Can I bring someone with me to the appointment?
We understand that having a scan can be a sensitive experience, so you are welcome to bring someone with you for support. However, due to the nature of some scans, they may be asked to wait in the reception area during the actual procedure.
What measures are in place for COVID-19?
The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. We follow all government and health authority guidelines to maintain a safe environment, including enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing measures, and the use of personal protective equipment.
What is a womb ultrasound and why might I need one?
A womb ultrasound, also known as a pelvic scan, is used to examine the female reproductive organs, including the uterus and ovaries. It can be recommended if you're experiencing symptoms such as abnormal bleeding or pain, or if the doctor wants to investigate conditions like fibroids or polycystic ovary syndrome.
How does London Private Ultrasound ensure the quality of a scan?
At London Private Ultrasound, we ensure the quality of our scans by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and having sonographers who have undergone rigorous training. Our commitment to quality means that we provide clear images that can help in the assessment of your condition.
Can I get a 3D ultrasound in London at your clinic?
Currently our 3D ultrasound services are unavailable.
At what week scan can I see my baby's features clearly?
Typically, facial features and more detailed anatomy start to become clear during a 3D scan between the 24th and 34th weeks of pregnancy. However, each pregnancy is unique, and we can advise on the best time for a 3D scan during your appointment.
What treatment options do you offer if my ultrasound reveals problems?
While we don't provide treatment or surgery, our detailed ultrasound reports can assist your doctor or surgeon in determining the best course of action, whether it involves medication, further testing, or surgical procedures.
Are there any risks associated with ultrasound testing?
Ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive procedure with no known risks or complications. It does not use ionizing radiation and can be used to diagnose and monitor various conditions with minimal discomfort.
Should I stop my medications before an ultrasound?
In most cases, you should continue taking your medications as prescribed. However, some tests may require you to adjust your medication intake. Always consult with your doctor or our sonographers if you're unsure.
What insurance providers do you work with for ultrasound procedures?
We work with a number of insurance providers. Please check our Insurance page or contact us directly to confirm if your provider covers our services.
What measures do you take to ensure the safety of your ultrasound tests?
Safety is our top priority. Our clinic follows stringent protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment. All our equipment is regularly sterilized, and we adhere to the latest safety guidelines for all procedures.
How do I know if I need an ultrasound for a specific condition?
Ultrasounds are often recommended by doctors if you are experiencing symptoms that require visualization of internal organs, such as pain in a specific area, skin changes, or to monitor certain diseases. If you believe you need an ultrasound, please consult with your doctor or contact us for advice.
What are the benefits of getting an ultrasound at a private clinic?
Choosing a private clinic like London Private Ultrasound ensures you receive immediate attention, shorter waiting times, and access to advanced imaging technology. Additionally, the personalized care and detailed results can contribute significantly to your treatment and peace of mind.