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Ultrasound Department

A woman carries out an ultrasound scan on a woman lying on a bed - an ultrasound image appears on a black screen in the backgroundThere are three separate areas within the hospital where ultrasound examinations are performed; the main x-ray department, the Antenatal Department and the Gynaecology Department.  The department in which you have your scan is dependent on the type of scan you are having.  You will be informed of which department to attend in your appointment letter.  There are varying types of preparation that may be required of you prior to your scan; information about this will be provided with your appointment letter.

Polite request -  While we appreciate that pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family, we would like to remind you that antenatal scans are important clinical investigations and require the Ultrasonographer’s full concentration.  Because of this we ask that only one adult at a time accompanies you into the scan room. Please note; at this time, children are not permitted to attend scan appointments.

Appointments

If you have been referred by your doctor or a specialist for an examination, they will, in most cases send us your imaging request form directly.  In this instance we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible to arrange a suitable appointment time.

Baby Scan

The Ultrasonographer may be able to capture a still image of your baby which you are able to purchase at a small cost.  Payment of these pictures is required at the time of the scan.

The use of mobile phones, cameras and all other photographic and recording devices are prohibited during your ultrasound scan. 

Consent and Chaperones

Verbal consent for any procedure will be requested prior to your examination taking place.  In some specific cases written consent will also be gained from you.  These consent forms will be explained to you before you are required to sign. 

All patients within the JPUH have a right to a chaperone being present whilst undergoing an examination.  Chaperones will always maintain your privacy and dignity.  If you are having an intimate examination a chaperone will automatically be provided.

Staffing within the Department

Consultant Radiologist - Doctors who have spent a further five years training in this speciality.  Each Radiologist has their own interest and speciality which provides a beneficial service to the hospital.

Ultrasonographer - Radiographers who have completed a higher level of education and training to a Post Graduate level enabling them to specialise in Ultrasound Imaging and reporting.

IDAs (Imaging Department Assistants) assist Radiologists, Radiographers and Nurses throughout the whole of the Radiology Department with patient care.

Further information

Please follow the link below for further information: ‘Your Ultrasound Scan’