Private ultrasound scan referral
If you feel you need a private ultrasound scan, we can refer you to our imaging partners at Alliance Medical.
Book a 15-minute appointment with a private GP at one of our central London locations and we can provide you with a referral for an ultrasound scan.
You can get a referral for a private ultrasound scan (USS) for the following:
- Investigation into lumps, bumps and swellings
- Musculoskeletal or joint pain
- Pelvic pain
- Transvaginal ultrasound for ovary pain
- Testicular assessment
- Investigation of the kidneys and bladder (Ultrasound KUB)
- Abdominal pain
What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound or sonogram is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image from inside the body.
An ultrasound probe, which is a small device, detects sound waves that convert into moving images that you can see on a monitor.
How should I prepare for an ultrasound scan?
This all depends on what part of the body is being investigated.
For example, if you’re having a pelvic ultrasound you will most likely be asked to drink 2 litres of water before the scan, and not go to the toilet until after the scan.
It’s common that you will be asked to remove some clothing or change into a gown for the procedure to take place, which usually takes around 15-45 minutes.
What are the different types of ultrasound scans?
There are three different types of ultrasound scans:
- External ultrasound scan – this is when the ultrasound probe is moved on top of the skin
- Internal ultrasound scan – this is when the ultrasound probe is inserted into the body
- Endoscopic ultrasound scan – this is when the ultrasound probe is fixed onto a flexible tube and passed further through the body.
What type of ultrasound scan that you have will depend on the part of the body you would like investigated. Our experienced GPs will take you through the different types and what usually happens during the procedure to prepare you before your referral appointment at our partner clinic.
What happens after the ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scans are usually painless, you might feel some pressure if you’re having an internal or endoscopic ultrasound.
Once the scan is completed, you can eat, drink, drive and go carry on as you were.
Your Ultrasound report from Alliance Medical will be sent to you following review by our doctors. You will receive the result by secure email 24 hours after the examination.
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Written by: Dr Daniel Fenton, GP & Clinical Director at London Doctors Clinic
Published: February 2019
Review Date: February 2022