Diagnostics

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Diagnostic Ultrasound

An ultrasound scan is a medical procedure. It captures live images from inside your body using high-frequency sound waves. It’s also known as sonography.

What are the benefits of choosing a private ultrasound?

Going private not only gives you the flexibility to work around your schedule. It also gives you faster diagnostic and earlier information. There are many reasons why going private may be the best solution for you. With the recent pandemic and many organisations dealing with months of backlog, the long wait times can often lead to a delay in diagnostics. This often leads to an increase in anxiety for many people.

Why Choose Us?

We offer the most accessible and affordable diagnostic imaging in Lanarkshire. Access to quick and effective diagnosis should be possible for everyone. We are a leading service within our field, recognisable for the top-quality service we provide. An efficient, compassionate team of professionals with a client 1st approach to healthcare. We specialise in diagnostic ultrasounds. This means all our exams are performed and reported by our expert Consultant Sonographers and Radiographers.

What are the costs of private ultrasound scans?

We pride ourselves on being affordable, straightforward, and efficient service. Diagnostic ultrasound prices start from £110, which is below the national average cost which is normally priced above £298 for an Ultrasound on the abdomen (according to Private Healthcare UK).

Why are the prices so low?

We have lower overheads than large hospitals and hence are able to reduce overall costs.

We want to make private care affordable and within the reach of everyone.

Considering booking with us?

Generally, we cut your wait time by 10 weeks or more. Our clients sometimes receive same-day appointments. We aim to have you seen within 7 days of your initial enquiry. After arriving at our clinic, you can expect to be there for no more than an hour. From signing in, seeing your Consultant Sonographer, and checking out again.

What do you need to make an appointment?

Preferably you will be referred by your GP or another healthcare clinician. Alternatively, you can schedule a pre-assessment to ensure ultrasound is correct for your healthcare issue.

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Types of scans:

Pelvic Scan – Well Woman

This gynecological scan is available to women of pre-menopausal age.

We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape, and condition of the:

  • uterus
  • the lining of the womb
  • both ovaries
  • pelvic area

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are the detection or exclusion of:

  • fibroids
  • ovarian cysts
  • polycystic ovaries
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • IUCD(coil) location

We will provide a Sonographer report within 24 hours of examination taking place with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.

Pre-scan preparation

May include transvaginal/internal scan with consent.

Need to expose lower part of the abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.

Drink 0.75 Ltr (1.5 pints) clear fluid approx 1 hour before the appointment time. Milk and fizzy drinks are not recommended.

Both transabdominal and transvaginal scans will be performed for optimum clarity and results. Please do not empty your bladder prior to examination.

*if you choose not to have a transvaginal scan we may be able to complete the scan trans abdominally however please note that results may not be as accurate.


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We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size shape and condition of the:

  • uterus
  • the lining of the womb
  • both ovaries
  • pelvic area

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are:

  • Evaluating the wellbeing of the uterus and ovaries before conception
  • Estimating the time of ovulation and measuring the endometrial thickness for assisted conception
  • Measuring follicles and endometrial thickness prior to private IVF treatment in the UK or abroad
  • Detecting the presence of and/or position of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD or Coil)

We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.

*If you choose not to have a transvaginal scan we may be able to complete the scan trans abdominally however please note that results may not be as accurate.

Pre-scan preparation

A transvaginal scan with consent.
Need to remove the bottom half of clothing so ideally wear a skirt or dress or bottoms that are easy to remove.

Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.

For a transabdominal scan please arrive with a full bladder and do not empty your bladder before the examination. We suggest you drink at least 0.5ltr (1 pint) of clear fluid 1 hour before your appointment time. Milk and fizzy drinks are not recommended.


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Upper Abdominal & Pelvic Scan

This scan is available to women from 16 years of age.

We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape, and condition of the:

  • gall bladder, biliary system, and pancreas
  • liver
  • both kidneys spleen and central blood vessels
  • uterus
  • the lining of the womb (if the transvaginal scan is performed)
  • both ovaries
  • pelvic area

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are the detection or exclusion of:

  • detection of gall stones or polyps
  • assessing the liver
  • assessing the kidneys
  • fibroids
  • ovarian cysts
  • polycystic ovaries
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.

Pre-scan preparation

May include transvaginal/internal scan with consent.
Need to expose lower part of the abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.

6 hours of fasting is required. No breakfast if morning appointment / no lunch for an afternoon appointment. Water is allowed.

For diabetics, a morning appointment will be given.

Drink 0.75 Ltr (1.5 pints) clear fluid approx 1 hour before the appointment time. Milk and fizzy drinks are not recommended.

Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.

Maintain normal medication.


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Testes & Scrotum

This scan is available to men from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the testes and scrotal contents. This includes assessment of the superficial tissues of the scrotum, the testes, epididymis (tube connected to the testis), and the spermatic cord.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan.  To investigate the causes of lumps, pain, and swellings of the scrotum for conditions such as

  • scrotal hernias
  • epididymal cysts
  • hydroceles (fluid),
  • varocicoeles (varicose veins)
  • unexplained swellings
  • testicular masses

Pre-scan preparation

The lower clothing and underwear will need to be lowered to the mid-thigh region in order to expose the scrotal area. The tissue will cover all but the affected area to be examined.


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Upper Abdominal Scan

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape, and condition of the:

  • gall bladder, biliary system, and pancreas
  • liver
  • both kidneys
  • spleen and central blood vessels

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are:

  • detection of gall stones or polyps
  • assessing the liver
  • assessing the kidneys
  • Check size of the aorta

We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.

Pre-scan preparation

Need to expose lower part of the abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers and top.

6 hours of fasting is required.
No breakfast if morning appointment / no lunch for an afternoon appointment.
Clear fluids are allowed.

For diabetics maintain medication and notify the clinic and a morning appointment will be given.


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Kidneys & Bladder Scan

This scan is available to women from 16 years of age.

We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape, and condition of the:

  • bladder when full and immediately after emptying
  • both kidneys

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are:

  • to exclude effects of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • look for obstructions due to stones in the kidney or bladder
  • look for causes of persistent bladder problems

Pre-scan preparation

Need to expose lower part of the abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.

Drink 0.75 Ltr (1.5 pints) clear fluid approx 1 hour before the appointment time. Milk and fizzy drinks are not recommended.

Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
Maintain normal medication.


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Kidneys, Bladder & Prostate Scan

This scan is available to men from 16 years of age.
We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape, and condition of the:

  • bladder when full and immediately after emptying
  • both kidneys
  • prostate gland when visible

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are:

  • to exclude effects of urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • look for causes of persistent bladder problems
  • look for obstructions due to stones in the kidney or bladder
  • look for prostate enlargement

We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.

Pre-scan preparation

Need to expose lower part of the abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers and top.

Drink 0.75 Ltr (1.5 pints) clear fluid approx 1 hour before the appointment time. Milk or fizzy drinks are not recommended.

Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
Maintain normal medication.


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Soft Tissue Lumps & Bumps

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine most parts of the body (excludes breast tissue, thyroid, and the axillae (armpits)). This includes assessment of the superficial tissues (skin layers and underlying muscles).

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of soft tissue swellings and lumps for conditions such as

  • ganglions
  • lipomas
  • cysts
  • skin changes
  • foreign bodies
  • hernias
  • unexplained swellings in most parts of the body.

Pre-scan preparation

Depending on which part of the body is being examined;
appropriate clothing must be worn in order to expose the affected area.


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Musculoskeletal – Shoulder & Upper Arm

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the shoulder and rotator cuff for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, rotator cuff tendons, muscles, ligaments, bursa, and soft-tissue swellings.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of shoulder pain.  Possible rotator cuff injury or tears, subacromial impingement (SAI).  Also bursitis, calcific tendinosis, and degenerative changes such as arthritis.

Pre-scan preparation

For shoulders please wear a blouse or separates which may need to be removed for the examination. If our practitioner considers it necessary, the opposite side may be assessed for comparison.

For elbows please wear loose clothing that will expose the elbow joint for the examination. If our practitioner considers it necessary, the opposite side may be assessed for comparison.


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Musculoskeletal – Elbow and Forearm

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the elbow for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the flexor and extensor tendons, muscles, ligaments, bursa, and soft-tissue swellings.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of elbow pain.  Possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as tennis and golfers elbow.  Also olecranon bursitis, tendinosis, and degenerative changes such as arthritis.

Pre-scan preparation

For elbows please wear loose clothing that will expose the elbow joint for the examination. If our practitioner considers it necessary, the opposite side may be assessed for comparison.


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Musculoskeletal – Hip & Upper Thigh

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the hip joint and upper thigh for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the adductor tendons, muscles, ligaments, iliopsoas, and trochanteric bursae, and the hip joint.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of hip pain.  Possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as bursitis and tendinosis. Also degenerative changes such as arthritis, hip effusions, and labral tears.

Pre-scan preparation

For hips please wear loose clothing that will need to be lowered to expose the hip joint for the examination. The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison


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Musculoskeletal – Knee

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the knee joint for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the joint, the tendons, associated muscles, lateral and medial collateral ligaments, bursae, the lateral and medial menisci, and the posterior knee.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of knee pain.  Possible injury or inflammation of the tendons and ligaments, for conditions such as bursitis & tendinosis.  Including degenerative changes such as arthritis. Also knee effusions and meniscal cysts/degeneration, cysts in the posterior knee, and ligament tears.

Pre-scan preparation

For knees please wear loose clothing that will allow the knees to be exposed for the examination. If our practitioner considers it necessary, the opposite side may be assessed for comparison.


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Musculoskeletal – Ankle & Foot

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the ankle & foot for a range of conditions. This includes an assessment of the ankle joint.  The anterior, medial, and lateral tendons. Also the Achilles tendon, associated soft tissues, musculature, bursae, and small joints of the ankle and foot.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of ankle & foot pain.  Possible injury or inflammation of the tendons, for conditions such as bursitis & tendinosis.  Degenerative changes such as arthritis, joint effusions, and ganglions/tendon and ligament tears, neuromas, fibromas, and plantar fasciitis.

Pre-scan preparation

For the ankle & foot, footwear and socks will need to be removed in order to expose the feet for the examination. If our practitioner considers it necessary, the opposite side may be assessed for comparison.


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Musculoskeletal – Wrist & Hand

This scan is available from 16 years of age.

The purpose is to examine the wrist & hand for a range of conditions. This includes an assessment of the wrist joint and the carpal tunnel.  Also the flexor and extensor tendons, ligaments, small joints of the hand, associated annular and cruciate pulleys, and soft-tissue swellings.

Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of wrist and hand pain.  Possible injury or inflammation of the tendons for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.  Also trigger finger, ganglions, tendinosis, and degenerative changes such as arthritis.

Pre-scan preparation

For wrist & hand, there are no special clothing requirements but the wrist & hands must be exposed for the examination. If our practitioner considers it necessary, the opposite side may be assessed for comparison.


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