What will happens during my ultrasound scan?

You’ll be asked to lie on a scanning bed. The lights may be dimmed so that the images on the screen are as sharp as possible.

  • The radiologist/sonographer will put some gel on your skin. This allows the sensor to be moved around more easily and helps produce sharper images
  • Depending on where you have the scan, you may be asked to take deep breaths and to hold your breath for a few moments. For a bladder scan, if your bladder isn’t full enough, you may be asked to have another drink
  • The radiologist/sonographer will slowly move the sensor over your skin while looking at the images on the screen. They’ll record some of these to study in detail later. When it’s all done, they’ll wipe off the gel, and you’ll be free to go

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