Prenatal and medical ultrasound treatment in Bolton, Greater Manchester
Ultrasound scans are a completely non-invasive method of diagnosing and monitoring conditions in many different areas of the body.
Many health tests for both men and women use ultrasound to give doctors a better picture of what is going on inside your body. While most commonly associated with pregnancy scans, ultrasound tests are often used in diagnostic imaging for health issues in the organs and soft tissue.
Private ultrasound scans work by using the same technology as sonar in ships and submarines. They use high frequency sound waves which bounce from the probe to your organs and back to the microphone. This then produces detailed images of the inside of your body.
Ultrasound is used in a wide variety of medical scans including:
- Baby scanning
- Breast ultrasound
- Gynaecological ultrasound
- Testicular screen
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound
At Parkhill Health Care, we offer private ultrasound screening for both pregnancy and medical screening to our patients in Bolton and across Greater Manchester.
Private ultrasound for pregnancy in Bolton
Baby scans are often one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy. Something about seeing how your baby has developed since your last appointment as your bump grows makes it all feel real.
On top of getting the chance to see your baby, pregnancy ultrasound scans also have several important purposes including:
- Checking the baby’s size
- At earlier scans, calculating your due date
- Checking whether there is one baby, twins, or even more
- Monitoring your baby’s growth
- Determine the baby’s sex
- Detecting any abnormalities early on
- Making sure you have optimum levels of amniotic fluid
Pregnancy scans also let your sonographer see the position of your baby and the placenta to help you prepare your birthing plan accordingly.
Private ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy also give you more options than if you were to go through the NHS.
At Parkhill Health Care in Greater Manchester, we provide viability scans in the first six to ten weeks of pregnancy to check that your fetus is developing normally. This gives you extra reassurance if you have had pain or bleeding or if you have previously had a miscarriage.
You can also find out the sex of your baby during your gender scan at our Bolton practice. While some hospitals do this at your anomaly scan between weeks nineteen and twenty-one, not all do. That’s why many parents opt for a private ultrasound to find this out.
However, one of the most popular reasons expecting mothers choose to have a private ultrasound is to receive a 3D or 4D scan.
These pregnancy scans allow you to actually see your baby’s face and features, while a 4D scan even shows them moving around in real-time. You can see your baby stretching, kicking, yawning, and sucking their thumb months before they arrive; even receiving pictures and videos to take home with you.
Medical ultrasound screening in Greater Manchester
We also use private ultrasound tests for a range of diagnostic imaging purposes. That means we can diagnose a number of health conditions in the organs and soft tissue in the body using this technology.
This includes problems affecting the heart, blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, testicles, breasts, uterus, ovaries, prostate, and thyroid.
Rather than the simple snap-shot that you get with an x-ray, a medical ultrasound provides detailed 3D images in real-time. Your Bolton doctor can see your heart beating, muscles contracting, and arteries pumping blood around your body on their screen; making diagnosis of many issues easier than ever.
Your private ultrasound at our Bolton practice
Because ultrasounds use high frequency soundwaves to create your scan, they are an entirely pain-free procedure.
When you come in for your appointment at our Greater Manchester surgery, you’ll be met by our consultant radiologist and healthcare team. You’ll be able to ask them any questions or queries you may have before your scan.
Depending on the area of the body we’re scanning, your appointment should only take between fifteen minutes and half an hour. Your Bolton doctor will spread a clear jelly over the treatment area which works to transmit the soundwaves to the ultrasound probe.
They’ll then run the probe back and forth over your skin and the scan will appear on the monitor. You’ll be able to see the monitor throughout your scan and your radiologist may also explain what you’re seeing during the procedure.
In other cases, they may need to analyze the scan in more detail and send a report on their findings to your GP. We’ll let you know when your results will be ready before you leave.
Professional prenatal and medical ultrasound treatment in Greater Manchester
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