Ultrasound is readily available with minimal waits and is very safe not exposing patients to any radiation so it can be used without worry in pregnancy.
Ultrasound is used for a wide variety of scans, including:
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound – particularly to look at soft tissue injury. The scan can be used to localise injections into trigger points.
- Breast ultrasound – ultrasound can be very useful in identifying the nature of any breast lumps.
- Testicular Screen
- Abdominal scans – ultrasound scanning is the best way to look for gallstones, but it is also valuable for looking at the liver, spleen, kidneys and other solid organs.
- Neck lumps – including thyroid
- Vascular system – ultrasound is very effective at identifying and monitoring aortic aneurysms and is a non-invasive way of determining the site of an arterial obstruction.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound
- Gynaecological Ultrasound
- Echocardiography – ultrasound can give a dynamic picture of how the heart is working and allows you cardiologist to measure the output of the heart and the effects of diseases.
- Ultrasound scans can be used to target biopsies or drain fluid collections.