An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.
An ultrasound scan can be used to monitor an unborn baby or diagnose a condition.
We use ultrasound to look at many different parts of the body, including the abdomen, pelvis, plus joints, bones and muscles.
The person who performs the scan is called a Sonographer.
More on what we do
A small device called an ultrasound probe is used, which gives off high-frequency sound waves. You can't hear these sound waves, but when they bounce off different parts of the body, they create "echoes" that are picked up by a probe and turned into a moving image. This image is displayed on a monitor while the scan is carried out.
You will be asked to lie on a couch, or sit on a chair. A special gel will be placed on the part of your body that is to be examined. The probe is then moved over the skin to get a picture. The examination is usually painless, however you may feel some pressure because sometimes the probe needs to be pressed firmly against your skin to get a clear picture.
Medical Imaging has a small team of nurses consisting of: a radiology sister, registered nurses, HCA (healthcare assistant) and an auxiliary, who have many years of experience and skills between them.
Their role within the department is to assist with all interventional procedures in all areas, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and interventional radiology. They also assist patients in recovery post procedure before sending them to wards or discharging them home.
Where to find us
RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW
Medical Imaging, Area M, Level 1.
To contact the ultrasound team, call 01392 402336 (press option 1, then option 1).
The team is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Patient leaflets and documents
Children and young people
There are dedicated sessions with paediatric radiologists but we can scan children at other times. We request that children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.