LycaHealth specialise in private ultrasound scans for adults and pregnancy to provide reassurance, diagnosis and advice. We use Phillips advanced EPIQ ultrasound systems to achieve outstanding image results.
An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, is a painless test that uses high-frequency waves to create images of organs and other internal structures inside the human body. The process involves a probe which is coated with jelly and placed on the skin over the area being examined. The sound waves generated by the probe will travel through blood but if they hit a denser object, they will bounce back. This information is sent to a monitor, creating a real-time image of the internal underlying structures.
An internal, or transvaginal ultrasound is used to examine female reproductive organs and involves a small probe passed into the vagina. Internal examinations are ideal for looking at the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and cervix, and should not be painful – although may cause discomfort.
LycaHealth offers a wide range of private pregnancy scans in London and Kent, including 3D and 4D baby scans. We have the best local healthcare professionals who have undertaken specialised and extensive training to provide diagnostic pregnancy scans.
Pregnancy ultrasound scans are completely safe for the baby, and are non-invasive. The scan will allow assessment of the baby’s gestational age, size and growth, check for ectopic pregnancies, determine due date, assess positioning, check for causes of bleeding or for general reassurance.
Please be aware that gender scans can never be 100% accurate, as it is dependant on factors including gestational age, position and location of umbilical cord.
Contact us for more information on private baby scans in London and Kent.
Before having certain types of ultrasound, you may be asked to follow a few instructions to maximise the results and quality of images produced. Your sonographer may ask you to remove certain items of clothing or wear a hospital gown – this will depend on the part of the body being assessed.
For pregnancy or pelvic area scans, you may be asked to drink a litre of water and not go to the toilet until after the scan.
For scans of your digestive system, including liver and gallbladder scans, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for several hours before your appointment.
An ultrasound scan is used to assess structures inside of the human body. They aid the diagnosis of an injury or pain, such as that of tendon tears or joint inflammation, and make it possible to assess and monitor babies during pregnancy. Ultrasound scans cannot provide a stand-alone diagnosis, but it will help your specialist in identifying problems and changes.
Ultrasound scanning is generally considered safe, as there is no radiation involved in the process. You may feel a slight discomfort as the probe is pressed onto the skin during your scan, but should be painless.
The process of an ultrasound scan will vary depending on the part of your body undergoing examination.
You will most likely be asked to lie down on a table, with the section of your body exposed for the duration of the scan. Your sonographer will apply a cool, lubricating gel to your skin which will allow the probe to glide smoothly over the area.
The ultrasound scan will begin. Your sonographer will glide the probe over your skin, and the live images will be transmitted to a monitor and recorded. The process should take between 15 to 45 minutes. Following this, the gel will be wiped off your skin. You can put back on any clothing which you have taken off, and then return to your normal daily activities.
Your specialist will then review the images and follow up with a diagnosis and recommended treatment.
No, it is not necessary to have health insurance, you can self-pay. If you have health insurance, you can use it to cover the cost of your ultrasound.
Ultrasound scans usually take around 15 – 20 minutes, however this can vary depending on the type of scan or procedure being performed. Pregnancy scans usually take a bit longer, between 30 – 45 minutes.
The price of an ultrasound scan varies depending on the type of scan and the area of the body being assessed. To find out more information about prices, contact your nearest LycaHealth clinic.
You can be referred by your doctor or specialist, or you can self-refer for a private ultrasound scan at LycaHealth.
An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image, whereas an MRI scan works by using a magnetic field to pull the protons in the body’s cells into alignment before sending out short bursts of radiation to disrupt them; when the radio waves are turned off, the protons realign and this sends out signals to receivers to form an image. A CT scan emits a series of narrow radiation beams to produce a detailed image of a ‘slice’ of the body. An x-ray sends a beam of radiation through the body on one side to identify where the radiation is absorbed and where it passes through, to create an image on the other side.
In short, MRIs, CT scans and x-rays use radiation, while ultrasounds do not.