An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic imaging examination that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. An ultrasound scan can be used to diagnose an abnormality with an organ, tissues or vessels. It can be used to monitor an unborn baby or assist a consultant with a surgical procedure.

Ultrasound scans are usually performed by an advance practitioner called a sonographer and you may also hear scans referred to as sonograms. They may also be performed by a doctor called a radiologist or a consultant trained to use ultrasound.

Common scans and procedures include:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Abdominal
  • Gynaecological
  • Obstetric
  • Vascular
  • Soft tissue
  • Biopsy and drainage