General enquiries



There are a variety of Ultrasounds available at the hospital including pregnancy, abnominal, interventional, endoscopic. All of our Ultrasound scans are carried out by expert consultants, radiographers and sonographers.

Ultrasound scanning, sometimes also known as a sonogram, is a scan which uses high-frequency sound waves that creates an image of blood flow, organs, and tissues and is used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. Ultrasound procedures are believed to be completely safe as they use sound waves and not radiation.

Common Ultrasound scans you might have

Interventional Ultrasound - Radiologists can use ultrasound images as guidance during biopsies, drainages and other interventional procedures. Sometimes these procedures need the patient to stay in hospital. They are carried out under sterile conditions and the patient will be required to sign consent forms before the examination.

Pelvic scans -  This scan can be performed both externally (transabdominally) and internally (transvaginally). This is used to create a picture of reproductive organs including fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries and uterus.

A scan done externally on your stomach (transabdominal scan) requires a full bladder. You will need to consume a litre of water 30 to 60 minutes prior to your scan taking place. You will be reminded of this on your arrival to the hospital. During the scan, the ultrasound probe is pushed against the lower abdominal wall to look down into the pelvis. Internal scan (transvaginal scan ) is performed with an empty bladder, using a thin probe inserted into the vagina. This allows detailed information to be obtained by having the probe closer to the pelvic organs.

Abdominal scans -  Performed transabdominally, these scans usually involve fasting for six hours before the examination to allow for improved imaging of the liver and gall bladder.

Endoscopic scans - An endoscope is inserted into your body, usually through your mouth and is used to examine areas such as your stomach or oesophagus. You may receive some local anaesthetic on your throat to help you relax during the scan.

Renal scans - Performed transabdominally with a full bladder, this requires the patient to drink a litre of water 30 to 60 minutes prior to the scan taking place. This scan then helps to assess the kidneys and bladder.

Breast scans - These are performed by specialist consultant radiologists, who have designated sessions in the department and are involved in our Rapid Access Breast Clinics.

Pregnancy Scans - These scans are performed by Consultant Sonographers. There are a variety of pregnancy scans available at The Wilmslow Hospital, click here to find out more. 

Prostate scans -This scan is performed transrectally – this means the ultrasound probe is inserted into the rectum to enable clearer visualisation of the prostate gland.

Doppler Venous/arterial scans - Carried out by specialised vascular scientists, Doppler imaging analyses the flow of blood within vessels.

Musculoskeletal scans - These are carried out by musculoskeletal consultant radiologists who, following the results of the scan, may prescribe a steroid injection to the afflicted area.

Echocardiogram - This is a specialised ultrasound of the heart, which is performed to assess damage to the heart itself and the surrounding muscles, while also looking for irregularities in size and heartbeat.

When you arrive

Your comfort during your visit is our priority. From the moment you arrive at The Wilmslow Hospital, our supportive nursing staff and helpful administrative teams will be here to ensure you experience first-class healthcare.

Depending on the type of Ultrasound scan you are having, it can take between 20 and 30 minutes. We offer a chaperone to all of our patients and in some scans a family member or friend will be allowed in your scan with you.

Need help with your booking?

If you have private medical cover, our friendly business office team can liaise with your insurance company on your behalf, arranging everything you need to start your treatment with us.

If you are self-funding your treatment, our team can provide pricing details for your consultations, diagnostics and procedures and book your appointment too.

Talk to us

Have a question? You can talk to someone on our friendly team by phone 01625 545 036 or contact us online.

Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can download a radiology booking form. Once you have completed the form, you can either email it to us at or fax it to 01625 545 099.

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