Ultrasound scanning uses high frequency sound waves to form an image of whatever part of the body is being scanned. It is a quick out-patient scan that is the first line of investigation for many conditions particularly in the abdomen. It is a very safe method of imaging that does not involve any radiation exposure, hence its use in pregnancy. When attending for an abdominal scan you may be asked to fast for a few hours or to fill your bladder depending on the purpose of the scan. You will of course receive full instructions beforehand.
Doppler or duplex ultrasound scanning is a form of ultrasound scanning used to examine arteries and veins and is often performed before some of the interventional radiology procedures like angioplasty and stenting described in the Peripheral Arterial Disease and Carotid Intervention sections. The radiologist scans the vessel using a small hand-held probe placed on the skin surface using a water based gel as a contact agent. The images are displayed on a monitor and detailed measurements of the vessel and rate of flow of the blood within it can be made to assess any narrowing or blockage present.
Ultrasound scanning can be used as a quick screening examination for conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and is also the examination of choice for testicular or scrotal swellings.
Dr. Crowe can offer ultrasound scanning at all locations listed. For further information or to make an appointment please use the contact form or speak to Dr. Crowe’s secretary on 0121 448 1502.