Using high-frequency sound waves, ultrasound scanning is a diagnostic process that produces images of organs, tissues, or blood flow within the body.
At Sevenoaks Medical Centre, our Ultrasound Department is staffed by both male and female consultant radiologists, who perform a number of different diagnostic scans and interventional procedures.
As ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves instead of radiation, scanning procedures are believed to be completely safe.
Ultrasound procedures at Sevenoaks Medical Centre
Our expert radiologists utilise ultrasound images for guidance throughout interventional procedures, such as biopsies and drainages. These procedures are carried out under sterile conditions. The patient will be required to sign consent forms before the examination takes place.
All ultrasound scans take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete and we are able to provide a chaperone service to all patients.
The ultrasound procedures we perform, include:
Pelvic scans: These diagnostic scans can be performed transabdominally and transvaginally.
Transabdominal scans need the patient to have a full bladder. A patient will be required to consume a litre of water 30 to 60 minutes prior to their scan. The ultrasound probe is then pressed against the lower abdominal wall in order to look down into the pelvis.
A transvaginal (TV) scan is performed with an empty bladder and involves inserting a thin probe into the vagina. This allows our radiographers to gather more information by having the probe closer to the pelvic organs.
Abdominal scans: These scans are performed transabdominally and require the patient to fast for six hours before the examination to allow for better visibility of the liver and gall bladder during the procedure.
Renal scans: Performed transabdominally with a full bladder, this requires the patient to consume a litre of water 30 to 60 minutes prior to the scan. This scan then helps to assess kidney and bladder function.
Breast scans: Performed by specialist consultant radiologists, who have designated sessions in the department, these scans also form part of our One-Stop Breast Clinics.
Prostate scans: These scans are performed transrectally, using an ultrasound probe, which is inserted into the rectum. This allows for clearer imaging of the prostate gland.
Doppler Venous: Doppler imaging analyses the flow of blood within vessels. These scans are conducted by a Consultant Radiologist.
Musculoskeletal scans: This is conducted by expert musculoskeletal consultant radiologists. After assessing the results of a musculoskeletal scan, they may prescribe a steroid injection to the afflicted joint or muscle group.
Why use services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre?
- We aim for same and next day appointments, and endeavour to provide the results of diagnostic procedures within 48 hours to enable faster more effective treatment.
- Our ultrasound scans are carried out by leading consultant radiologists from London’s top teaching hospitals, at our facility in the heart of Sevenoaks Medical Centre.
- Advances in diagnostic technology help us to identify conditions and reach a diagnosis quickly, which aims to provide more effective and efficient treatments for our patients.
- Care is specifically planned for the unique needs of the patient, with a focus on achieving positive results in treatment and helping them make a full recovery.
To find out more about our Ultrasound Services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, please call 01732 775 800 or use our online appointment request form.