An ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the interior of the human body. These images are displayed on a monitor and can then be stored electronically.

During your scan a probe  is passed over an area of your body. The sound waves bounce off internal organs and are passed back through the probe to a computer. The computer turns these sound waves into images that are displayed on a monitor.

The sonographer will explain the procedure for your examination. If you have to undress for the procedure, you will be shown to a private cubicle to put on a clean gown and dressing gown.

You will be seen by a radiologist or a sonographer depending upon the type of investigation you are having.



Do I need to make any special preparation in advance?

Some preparation may be required. If your pelvis, kidney or bladder are tobe scanned, you may be required to ensure that your bladder is full before the examination can begin. For some examinations such as the gall bladder and pancreas, you may be required to fast for a specified number of hours. Is so, this will be explained in the accommpanying appointment letter. You should tell the clinic in advance if you have had a similar ultrasound recently. If you are diabetic please bring some food and your medication with you on the day of the scan.

Who will be performing the procedure?

Sonographers (radiographers) or radiologists (doctors) who have specialized training in the technique of ultrasound. They carry out a great number of these examinations and will provide a descriptive of their findings to your doctor.

What happens during the scan?

You will be taken into a room where you will be asked to lie down on a couch and a gel will be applied to your skin over the area which will be scanned, for the example, the abdomen. The gel allows the sensor to slide easily over the skin and helps to produce clearer images. You may be asked to take deep breaths and to hold your breath for a few moments. For a scan of the bladder, the bladder may occassionally not be full enough for examination and you may be asked to drink more fluid. The radiologist/sonographer will slowly move the sensor over your skin while viewing the images on the screen. Records of selected images will be made so that they can be viewed later. Upon completion, the gel will be wiped off and you will be free to get dressed. Ultrasound itself does not produce discomfort and apart from the sensor on your skin you will not feel anything. If a full bladder is required there may be some associated discomfort. If pressure has to be applied to the skin surface over an imflammed organ, e.g. the gallbladder, to check what is causing the pain, this may temporarily increase the amount of pain coming from that organ. The process of carrying out a scan usually takes about 20-30 minutes Your total time in the department is usually 30-40 minutes. You may eat and drink as normal afterwards.

When will I get my results?

The scan will be examined after your visit and a written report on the findings sent to your referring doctor.

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LivingCare have provided high quality, safe, consultant-led care to thousands of patients and has an excellent local and national reputation. We are recognised by all medical insurers and also welcome non insured patients who wish to self pay for their treatment. LivingCare have also been working with the NHS to provide care for patients since 2002. 

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At LivingCare we provide the following services for all NHS patients:

  • Gastroenterology

  • Gastroscopy

  • Sigmoidoscopy

  • Dermatology

  • Minor Surgery

  • Ear, Nose, Throat

  • Ophthalmology

  • Urology

  • Cystoscopy

  • Vasectomy

  • Ultrasound

To be seen through the NHS for any of the above services, we just require a referral from your GP. Alternatively, if you would prefer to be seen privately, please visit our private healthcare page here


Your Ultrasound appointment will be held at Thorpe Park Clinic; our purpose built modern facility based in Colton, Leeds.


Patients access the service from across the whole of West Yorkshire to come to our facility.  The clinic hosts a range of services that are available on the NHS and through our Private Patient Pathway.  The facility has a state of the art 3T Wide Bore MRI Scanner, X Ray and Ultrasound provision. It hosts fantastic services across many NHS Pathways. 

Thorpe Park Clinic is fully accessible, has transport routes from all over Leeds.  We welcome all referrals into Thorpe Park Clinic from across West Yorkshire.

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