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Ultrasound scan

Ultrasound scans show images of your internal organs created from soundwaves. A water soluble gel is rubbed onto your skin using a scanning probe which sends images back to the scanner.

If you would like more detailed information on scans during pregnancy, you can click here.

Can I bring someone with me?

Because we only have a small waiting room for a lot of patients we ask that you only bring one person with you.

What do I need to wear?

Please wear loose fitting clothing if possible on the day you attend for your examination. A clear gel is used on the skin using the examination, which in spite of precautions, may occasionally stain your clothes.

How long does the examination take?

The ultrasound examination is usually complete in 20 minutes. Some scans can be longer, particularly if the are to look at your blood vessels which may take between 30 and 60 minutes.

How should I prepare?

If you are asked to prepare in any way, such as drinking water, you will be advised of this beforehand in your appointment letter.

Where will my appointment be?

The main ultrasound department is located at the QE, and that's open from 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. We also have sessions at Blaydon and this department is open weekdays excluding Tuesdays open from 8.30amam – 4.00pm. There are also limited evening and Saturday morning appointments also available at the QE hospital site.

How do I get my results?

Almost all ultrasound referrals are from your GP or hospital consultant. If you were sent by your GP you should make an appointment to see them 7 – 10 days after your examination. If you were sent by a hospital consultant they will contact you to discuss your result. Ultrasound scans are normally reported immediately, but when making an appointment with your doctor ask if the results have arrived to save a wasted appointment. If you do not get your results within the time you were told when the appointment was made you can contact you consultant’s secretary.

What if I have any special requirements?

If you need to come by ambulance or may need any assistance when in our department (for example using a hoist to transfer onto the examination couch) please let us know as soon as you can. We can adjust your appointment time and length to take this into account.

You can contact the ultrasound team on 0191 445 2491.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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