Types of imaging
Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that utilises high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal body parts and structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs.
What to expect
An ultrasound is usually performed externally, on the outside of the body. During your scan, a transducer is passed over a body part using a translucent gel. Sound waves bounce off different parts of the body and are passed back to a computer and then the computer turns these sound waves into highly detailed images.
There is not any pain associated with an ultrasound scan however, the translucent gel can often be a cool temperature on the skin.
Preparing for an ultrasound scan
We may ask you to remove some of your clothing and put on a gown, we will provide this for you when you visit our imaging centre as we have dedicated changing areas.
You may be asked not to eat or drink before your appointment but our bookings team will discuss everything with you when arranging your visit.
How long does an Ultrasound take?
Between 15–40 minutes.
Risks or side effects
There are no known risks from having an ultrasound scan.
We can accept referrals from medical practitioners i.e. consultants and GPs, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, Extended Scope Practitioners and Dentists. Sports massage therapists who wish to refer for MRI must have the appropriate qualifications.
If you have any questions or queries, we are happy to help so please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, please look at the questions we are asked most often.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool. Ultrasound utilises high frequency sound waves to create images of internal body parts and structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs to look for changes.
The ultrasound equipment at Cobalt is operated by Specialist Consultant Radiologists and is completely safe.