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Ultrasound Diagnostics Services

Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. No need for a referral. Available at our Sunningdale & West Byfleet Health Centre Clinics

Your NHS GP can also refer you to our Private Ultrasound Clinic

Mrs Gurjit Rai-Tidbury MSc, DMU, DCR

Consultant Sonographer.  Registered with HCPC [RA27363] , BMUS, SOR and IPEM.

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a high frequency sound that you cannot hear, but it can be emitted and detected by special scanners.

Ultrasound waves are directed at your body using a small handheld sensor called a transducer. This is moved over the surface of the skin and generates sound waves. When the sound waves hit an object they bounce back as an echo. A computer converts the reflected ultrasound echoes into an image. The principles are similar to the sonar used by boats and submarines.

Abdominal Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). As ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

What does an ultrasound scan involve?

You lie on a couch and an operator places the transducer (probe) on your skin over the part of your body to be examined. Lubricating jelly is put on your skin so that the transducer makes good contact with your body and helps to effectively transmit the high frequency sound waves into the body.
The scan is painless and takes about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on which parts of the body are being examined. A record of the areas examined will be stored as still pictures or as a video recording.

What does the ultrasound scanner look like?

Ultrasound scanners consist of a console containing a computer and electronics, a video display screen and a transducer that is used to scan the body and blood vessels. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone, attached to the scanner by a cord.

Who performs and interprets the results?

A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiology examinations.

A sonographer, a radiographer specifically trained in ultrasound scanning and interpretation of the results.

What is an ultrasound test used for?

It is used in many situations. The way the ultrasound bounces back from different tissues can help to determine the size, shape and consistency of organs, structures and abnormalities. The list below is not exhaustive and ultrasound scanning has various other uses.

It can:

  • Help to diagnose problems of the liver, gallbladder (such as gallstones), pancreas, thyroid gland, lymph nodes, ovaries, testes, kidneys, abdominal hernias, bladder and breast. For example, it can help to determine if an abnormal lump in one of these organs is a solid lesion or a fluid-filled cyst.
  • Produce a clearer picture from a probe that is within the body – an internal scan. A small transducer, still attached by a cable to the ultrasound machine is placed in the vagina or rectum to get clearer images of the pelvic and reproductive organs.
  • Detect abnormal widening of blood vessels (aneurysms) or look for deep vein thrombosis (clots) in the upper and lower limbs.
  • Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood velocity as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound to look at tendons, all muscle groups, hernias, neuromas, ganglia and lumps & bumps.
  • Pregnancy, to assess and monitor a baby’s wellbeing and growth.

When will I get my results?

Self-referral: A written ultrasound report with recommendations and ultrasound images will be sent to you within 48 hours. The findings of the examination will be discussed with you at the end of the scan.

Booking an ultrasound scan

You can either self-refer for most ultrasound scans or you can be referred by your NHS GP to our private ultrasound clinic.

Scan Prices Price
Basic Scan £150
Early Pregnancy Scan £150
Baby Gender Reveal Scan £99
Chronic Pelvic Pain Scan – Referral Required £450
Ultrasound Guided Injection £275

Preparing for an ultrasound scan

Before having some types of ultrasound scan, you may be asked to follow certain instructions to help improve the quality of the images produced.

For example, you may be advised to:

  • drink water and not go to the toilet until after the scan – this may be needed before a scan of your unborn baby or your pelvic area
  • avoid eating or drinking for several hours before the scan – this may be needed before a scan of your digestive system, including the liver and gallbladder

Depending on the area of your body being examined, we may ask you to remove some clothing and wear a hospital gown.

Please see preparation guide below:

Upper Abdomen Nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to scan aside from sips of still water.
Renal only Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the scan. Do not empty your bladder.
Female Pelvis – Gynaecology only No preparation. Please be advised this will be an internal scan.

Contraindications: if not sexually active or do not use tampons, please fill your bladder

Transabdominal Pelvis Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the scan and do not empty your bladder.
Testes No preparation.
Thyroid No preparation.
Lumps & Bumps No preparation.
Musculoskeletal/MSK Injection

[please specify area to be assessed]:

Shoulder | Elbow | Wrist | Hand | Hip | Knee | Ankle | Foot/Feet

No preparation.
Paediatric Pelvis, Renal & Abdomen

(6 to 16 years)

Three to four medium size glasses of juice or water 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to scan. Do not empty your bladder.
Vascular – Carotid/DVT… No preparation
Early pregnancy scan – 5 weeks plus Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the scan and do not empty your bladder.  If clinically indicated an internal scan may be necessary.
TVS for pelvic congestion / chronic pelvic pain No preparation required. Please be advised this is an internal examination

Other Services

Clinic Locations

Rapid access, convenient and quick appointments.

West Byfleet Health Centre
2nd Floor
Madeira Road
West Byfleet
Surrey KT14 6DH
01932 344004

CEDA Healthcare, Sunningdale, (Opposite Fego’s)
3 Broomfield Hall Buildings
London Road
Berks SL5 0DP
01344 624020

Private GP Clinic
Stanton House (on one-way to Reigate Centre)
1 Castlefield Road
Surrey RH2 0SA
01737 238688

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