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Ultrasound is a non-invasive investigation which is being used to monitor and diagnose conditions in many parts of the body. Some men's and women's tests including testicular, gynaecological and pregnancy scans are carried out using ultrasound. In the UK you can choose between private ultrasound and NHS ultrasound scans.
An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the interior organs of the human body. These images are displayed on a monitor and can then be stored electronically. The ultrasound scanner uses the same technology as the sonar used by ships. During your scan, a probe is passed over an area of your body. The sound waves bounce off internal organs and are passed back through the microphone to a computer. The computer turns these sound waves into images that are displayed on a monitor.
Ultrasound Imaging is widely used these days as it is painless and safe for adults, children and foetuses. There are no side effects such as the ones associated with other imaging modalities, for example ionising radiation produced by CT and plain x-rays.Ultrasound is being used to image mostly solid soft organs such as liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries, muscles and blood vessels and babies in the womb. It has, however, limited value in organs such as lungs, bone, stomach and bowel/colon.The scan images are black and white but colour Doppler is being used to evaluate organ blood flow and blood vessels and this is what the red and blue colours on the screen are.
What is ultrasound used for?
Ultrasound is used for a wide variety of scans, including:
Many people want to know what a private ultrasound cost is in London, but unfortunately, there is no quick answer. Well, there is, but the answer is "it depends…….!"
The private scan prices reported online by Private Health in London and mainly in Harley street where we are located, are ranging from £180 to £400 with an average price of £327 for the private abdominal scan.
Some websites from ultrasound clinics that offer private ultrasound in London advertise ultrasound prices starting from £30. It does make you, however, wonder what you get for your money.
In one of these private scan clinics in London, you get a 10mins scan ... This raises concerns about the diagnostic accuracy of these scans. Would you trust them with your and your loved ones lives?
In another ultrasound centre, it takes you 10mins just to find out which exam is the cheap one and it is the one that no one really needs or wants.
Ultrasound is a routine part of the prenatal care enabling obstetricians and pregnant women to monitor the development of the unborn baby from as early as 5 weeks gestation.
Ultrasound is being used not only to evaluate the normal development of the baby but also to identify the sex and provide 3D and 4D images something that became possible following advances in the development of ultrasound equipment.
Early pregnancy scans
In early pregnancy, ultrasound is being used to reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing satisfactorily and that the baby's heartbeat is present. For mother with irregular periods, ultrasound is being used to date the pregnancy through ultrasound measurements.
This early pregnancy scan is of great value to any mother who may have concerns about the health of their baby, who is unsure of how far along she is or simply wishes to see the pregnancy progressing. It can help reduce anxiety.
Fatty liver is a very common ultrasound finding. Find out how stopping alcohol for October can help your liver recover.
October is Medical Ultrasound awareness month aiming to create awareness of the role diagnostic medical sonographers play in the medical community and to educate the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses in healthcare. Most people still associate ultrasound with baby ultrasound scans. Medical ultrasound, however, has much wider uses in the medicine and it is being used to diagnose or exclude a wide of abnormalities such problems with the liver, uterus and ovaries, breasts, testes and even heart.
What is ultrasound?
Medical ultrasound (also known as diagnostic sonography or ultrasonography) is a medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of internal body structures. Most of the people are aware of the navy sonar being used to track items in the sea. The sonar uses high-frequency sound waves that bounce from objects and return to the transmitter that becomes a receiver. This is the same principle with the radar that is being used to spot aeroplanes in the sky and the infamous speed cameras.
The sonar technology, therefore, has been adapted to be used in medical imaging so the sonographer or radiologists can visualise internal body structures.
An article published in the Daily Mail on 28th of July with the title: 'How could a doctor tell us our baby had DIED in the womb? Couple's fury after 'miscarriage' scan blunder almost led them to abort their healthy daughter', describes how a baby came close to being aborted when the parents told that the baby had died in the early weeks of pregnancy.
The couple were given the devastating news that the mother suffered early fetal demise at 6 weeks gestation during an early pregnancy scan. The scan was performed by a reputable ultrasound clinic in London that specialises in baby scans.
You can read the full article here.
We would like to reassure our pregnant mothers that in our London ultrasound clinic our sonographers follow the latest guidelines from NICE, ISUOG and BMUS and that we are not trying to cut corners by offering substandard cheap private scans.
The NICE guidelines for diagnosing viable intrauterine pregnancy using ultrasound are as follows:
An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to obtain internal images of the body. In some of the ultrasound examinations, such the abdominal and pelvic scans you require to prepare before the scan. In other scans however such as the breast, hernia and shoulder scans, no preparation is required. Our clients regularly ask us why they need to prepare.
The main ultrasound examinations that need preparation is the abdominal scan, urinary tract and the pelvic scan.
Can you eat or drink before an abdominal ultrasound?
For the abdominal scan, you need to fast for at least four hours. In some Private Ultrasound clinics and in the NHS you require to fast for at least six hours. There is widespread inaccurate information online regarding the length of fasting for an abdominal scan. For example, Healthline recommends 12 hours fasting which is nothing more than outdated, cruel and unnecessary.
You are having an ultrasound scan or your doctor recommended a colour Doppler, duplex or triplex scan. It is normal to get confused as these are not terms that you use every day. On this post, we will try to demystify some of the terms related to ultrasound scanning.
Ultrasound was discovered in 1880 by Jacques and Pierre Curie and its first application was to detect submarines in 1917. In 1956, a team led by Obstetrician Ian Donald and engineer Tom Brown develop the first ultrasound machine to be used in clinical practice. As you can imagine the first applications of ultrasound were primarily in baby scanning. By the end of the 20th century, ultrasound scans were extensively used in maternity clinics.
Initially, the ultrasound images used to be black and white – and still are. These images are called 2D images as being two-dimensional.
Colour Doppler or colour flow Doppler, that was discovered by Christian Doppler in 1841, is the technology to visualize blood flow during an ultrasound scan. Colour flow is being used all the time these days as it helps to differentiate between different structures, for example, a blood vessel and a cyst that can have the similar appearance on ultrasound. It helps to evaluate the vascularity of a tumour found for example in the breast scan, pelvic scan or liver scan. It helps to evaluate vascularity of whole organs such as in the thyroid scan in cases of thyroiditis.
We saw lately in the news how a GP failed to refer a lady for a neck and thyroid ultrasound scan after she complained about a lump in the neck. Unfortunately, the patient later died from thyroid cancer.
The patient visited the GP with a newly presented lump in her neck. After multiple visit in a period of 6 months, concerned that the lump was increasing in size, the GP decided to refer her for an ultrasound scan.
When eventually the patient had the neck and thyroid scan and consequent FNA the lump diagnosed as inoperative thyroid cancer and the patient subsequently died.
This is another sad story, heard too often. The same happened to 2 other patients that doctors missed blood clots and the patients died. You can read these stories here and here.
We are delighted to introduce our revolutionary NEW High-Performance Ultrasound scanner, with its exceptional ultrasound scan image resolution, it aids fast and accurate diagnosis. We can offer prompt ultrasound appointment times and facilitate proficient diagnostic solutions all in one visit.
Our highly skilled Consultant Sonographers, educated in well-renowned universities from the UK and abroad, have over 20 years of ultrasound scanning experience in the NHS and the private sector. Their unparalleled knowledge combined with experience and passion for ultrasound is your assurance that we will deliver a service second to none. On hand Consultants, Radiologists provide backup opinion and advice as necessary
Combined with our extended opening hours, evenings and weekends and absence of waiting lists, we are able to not only provide the highest standard of care but to minimize anxiety, prevent delay and ensure treatment is given promptly and confidentially.
At Sonoworld Harley Street, London we offer complex private ultrasound examinations including Abdominal, Pelvis, Obstetric, 3D/ 4D, Head and Neck, Breast, Soft tissue lumps and bumps, a wide spectrum of Vascular and the whole range of MSK scans. Additionally, we provide innovative well-being screening packages which can detect early some of the commonest illnesses and can prevent life-threatening conditions. Combined with electronic reporting your results can be instantly made available to your own doctor anywhere in the 'sono' world.
Testicular lumps or swelling of the scrotum are very common and affect all ages. The first thing that always comes to mind is what if the lump is dreaded cancer.
A testicular ultrasound scan, a quick ultrasonic examination procedure using sound waves, will be able to accurately tell you what the lump or swelling is.
The anatomy bit.
The testicles are the primary male reproductive organs housed in the scrotal sac and produce the sperm and testosterone.
You also have, what is called the epididymitis in the scrotal sac. Epididymitis is full of interrelated tubules where the sperm matures.
'WE WERE POWERLESS' Pensioner, 79, died three days after being refused an ultrasound scan ‘that could have saved her life’
It was with great sadness that I read the article with the above title in yesterday's 'The Sun' newspaper.
According to the article, Mrs. Sledmere attended her local hospital in London with abdominal pain and doctor diagnosed here with either gallstones or gastritis.
Unfortunately, she did not receive an ultrasound scan to confirm or exclude gallstones as they did not have any ultrasound scan appointments available at the time and they sent her home where she died three days later from perforated gallbladder.
An ultrasound scan is a medical diagnostic imaging technique that utilises sound waves to obtain internal images of the body.
A probe, called transducer, rests on the skin. This probe sends soundwaves inside the body. Some of the sound waves bounce back to the prop and a powerful computer creates the black and white ultrasound image. The returning sound are called echoes.
Ultrasound scans are widely being used today as the first line of diagnostic imaging because they are relatively cheap, more available than CT and MRI and have no side effects.
Why should you have an ultrasound scan?
The reasons you might be having an ultrasound scan vary but, in most cases, you have been to your GP with some discomfort and maybe pain and your GP wants to see what is happening inside you.