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  • 0 6 Week Baby Ultrasound Scan

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 11-02-2018
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      Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to the world of pregnancy ultrasounds. You will have at least two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy provided by the NHS: a 12 week dating scan and a 20 week anomaly scan. The 12 week scan will provide confirmation and dating fo your pregnancy. The 20 week scan scan will provide information about your baby's growth and development. A 5 weeks scan will offer very limited information about your pregnancy and therefore the 6 weeks is the most common gestation age that an ultrasound is performed. A 5 week scan maybe performed if you experience pelvic pain in one side of your pelvis or shoulder tip pain. This ultrasound scan will check for any evidence of an ectopic pregnancy. It can sometimes be inconclusive and a follow up scan might be required. Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg attaches itself outside of the uterus with most common location being the fallopian tube on the side where you ovulated from. The 6 weeks scan is also limited but in most cases can confirm the pregnancy and viability. It is mainly performed when there are concerns about the pregnancy and to confirm the gestational age. Feeling nervous about having an ultrasound scan so early in your pregnancy is normal. Try to stay calm and prepare yourself for what may happen. Bringing with you your partner or a close family member for extra support might be a good idea.   Reasons for a 6 Week Ultrasound scan 6 week ultrasound scans are not routinely offered by the NHS. You might want to have a private 6 weeks ultrasound scan if you suspect that your pregnancy is not progressing well or if you would like a definite pregnancy dating confirmation. Reasons for a 6 Week Ultrasound Scan Previous miscarriage. You had fertility treatment. Pelvic pain on one side Vaginal spotting or bleeding. you are unsure how far along you are in your pregnancy. At 6 weeks, you won't be able to see much detail of your baby. The ultrasound scan however should be able to confirm the gestation age by measuring either the gestation sac or the feotal pole if visible. Sometimes you will be able to see the baby's heartbeat. Most importantly the sonographer will be able to check that your baby is within the endometrial cavity and that you do not have an ectopic pregnancy. Everyone obviously is different and sometimes a follow up ultrasound in a week to 10 days might be necessary to give you more information. What to expect during your 6 week ultrasound scan It is more likely that at 6 weeks gestation age you will need to have a transvaginal or internal ultrasound scan insteed of a transabdominal scan (through the abdomen). This is because it is early stage and everything is still small. The transvaginal scan will be able to get closer to the endometrium and produce a better clearer image of the pregnancy insitu. A 6 week ultrasound can also help to find the cause for any early pregnancy pain or bleeding. Your baby at 6 weeks At 6 weeks, your baby should measure approximately 5-9mms in length. 6 weeks into your pregnancy is also the earliest time you might be able to see the foetal pole and the foetal heartbeat. The foetal heartbeat is seen like two parallel lines flickering. Most literature is saying that the foetal heartbeat should be around 90-110 beats per minute but we have seen slower heartbeats with positive pregnancy outcomes.  The yolk sac, a ring shape bright circle might also be visible. The yolk sac is where your baby is feeding from at this early stage in pregnancy. Sometimes only the gestation sac is visible with no foetal pole of yolk sac and you might be asked to come back in a week to 10 days as you could be ealier in your pregnancy than you think.    If you have any questions please leave a comment and we will do our best to answer. At our private ultrasound clinic we offer pregnancy scans from as early as 5-6 weeks in times to suit you.                       Who interprets the results of the early pregnancy scan and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.   What are the benefits and risks of the early pregnancy ultrasound examination? Benefits The early pregnancy, reassurance scan is non-invasive. If a transvaginal scan is required the ultrasound exam might be a little uncomfortable but not painful. Ultrasound examinations are significantly cheaper than other diagnostic imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is safe for the baby and the mother as there is no ionizing radiation involved. You can not see the baby using conventional x-ray imaging. Ultrasound is the preferred imaging investigation for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnancies. Ultrasound allows the sonographer to see inside the uterus in real time and provides neccesary information  about the pregnancy. Risks There are no harmful effects on humans or babies related to pregnancy ultrasound examinations. Although ultrasound has been used in pregnancy for more than 40  years with no evidence suggestining it is harmful to the patient, embryo or fetus, ultrasound should be performed only when clinically indicated and by qualified practitioners.       About  Pregnancy Scans A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones  or  kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.   When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy? You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy  scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough  and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.   What are ultrasound scans used for in pregnancy? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy. First Trimester Ultrasounds Check that you are pregnant and that your baby has a heartbeat. Check if you have a singleton or twins Make sure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic located within the endometrial cavity and is not outside the womb such as in the fallopian tube. Look for the cause of any bleeding you might have. Date the pregnancy by measuring the crown rump length of the foetal pole. Second Trimester Ultrasounds Verify dates and growth Estimate the  baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks Help with diagnostic tests by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Check your baby to see if all his organs are normal. Diagnose abnormalities Assess the amount of amniotic fluid  and the location of the placenta. Evaluation of fetal well-being Third trimester Ultrasounds Make sure your baby is growing at the expected rate. Confirm if your baby is a boy or a girl. Some mothers to be, will, unfortunatelly get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor wight refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry. What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after convception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguisable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.     Why choose us for your early pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound scanning. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, pregnancy, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced private ultrasound scan services and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for an pregnancy reassurance ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency Early Ultrasound Scan Service in London Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time.Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.

  • 0 7 Week Baby Ultrasound Scan

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 11-02-2018
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    It is quite common for women to have their first ultrasound scan at around 7 weeks of pregnancy. The most common reasons for this early scan is to confirm the pregnancy, to check viability and that everything is ok.   Other reasons to have a 7 week ultrasound are to: Confirm whether it is a singleton or multiple pregnancy. Confirm gestational age Spotting or bleeding Confirm the presence of a heartbeat. Measure the foetal pole and ensure the size of the baby is the right size for gestational age. Make sure the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are ok. Confirm the foetal pole is within the endometrial cavity and it is not an ectopic pregnancy When a mother has irregular periods and is therefore unsure about her gestational age.   When is a dating scan necessary? This is a scan or ultrasound which determines your expected date of confinement (EDC) based on the development of the embryo. A dating scan is generally done for women who: unsure about their last menstrual period. Have irregular cycles Recently had a miscarriage and have soon conceived again. Stopped using hormonal contraception. Have conceived while they are breastfeeding. In any other situation such as multiple partners, where confirming gestational age is considered important. How big will my baby be at the 7 week ultrasound?   The average crown to rump length of the embryo at 7 weeks is between 5mm-12mm. Crown/rump length and gestational age are closely compared with each other until around the end of the first trimester.       When should I have my earliest scan? The ideal time to assess gestation age is between 7-10 weeks of pregnancy. The crown rump length measurements obtained at this gestational age can vary between 3-5 days.    How will my 7 week ultrasound be done? This early baby scan is normally performed trans-abdominally. In some instances, however an internal scan (Transvaginal) may be required to see all the necessary detail or if your womb tilts backward.   We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do an trans-vaginal ultrasound scan then we will discuss this with you. To perform this early baby scan, you will be asked to lie down on the examination couch and expose your lower abdomen. A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your skin. The gel will help the transducer to make good contact with the skin. The ultrasound transducer will be placed on the body and will be moved in different directions over the area of interest to obtain the required information/ultrasound images. There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer or probe as otherwise known,  is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer. Once the ultrasound imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolor clothing. This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20-30 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.   Can I see my baby’s heartbeat at the seven week ultrasound? Heartbeat should be visible at 7+ weeks gestation and you should be able to see a tubular flickering structure. The baby's heart rate at thi early stage of pregnancy is fast and it is between 90-110 beats per minute.   Will my seven week ultrasound be really clear? The image quality of your pregnancy ultrasound scan will depend in the quality of the ultrasound equipment and also the experience and skills of the sonographer. At International Ultrasound Services we have years of ultrasound scanning experience and therefore you can be rest assured that we will achieve the best image quality possible without compromising the safety of the baby or mother.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and we will do our best to answer. At our private ultrasound clinic we offer pregnancy scans from as early as 5-6 weeks in times to suit you.   Who interprets the results of the early pregnancy scan and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.   What are the benefits and risks of the early pregnancy ultrasound examination? Benefits The early pregnancy, reassurance scan is non-invasive. If a transvaginal scan is required the ultrasound exam might be a little uncomfortable but not painful. Ultrasound examinations are significantly cheaper than other diagnostic imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is safe for the baby and the mother as there is no ionizing radiation involved. You can not see the baby using conventional x-ray imaging. Ultrasound is the preferred imaging investigation for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnancies. Ultrasound allows the sonographer to see inside the uterus in real time and provides neccesary information  about the pregnancy. Risks There are no harmful effects on humans or babies related to pregnancy ultrasound examinations. Although ultrasound has been used in pregnancy for more than 40  years with no evidence suggestining it is harmful to the patient, embryo or fetus, ultrasound should be performed only when clinically indicated and by qualified practitioners.       About  Pregnancy Scans A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones  or  kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.   When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy? You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy  scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough  and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.   What are ultrasound scans used for in pregnancy? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy. First Trimester Ultrasounds Check that you are pregnant and that your baby has a heartbeat. Check if you have a singleton or twins Make sure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic located within the endometrial cavity and is not outside the womb such as in the fallopian tube. Look for the cause of any bleeding you might have. Date the pregnancy by measuring the crown rump length of the foetal pole. Second Trimester Ultrasounds Verify dates and growth Estimate the  baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks Help with diagnostic tests by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Check your baby to see if all his organs are normal. Diagnose abnormalities Assess the amount of amniotic fluid  and the location of the placenta. Evaluation of fetal well-being Third trimester Ultrasounds Make sure your baby is growing at the expected rate. Confirm if your baby is a boy or a girl. Some mothers to be, will, unfortunatelly get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor wight refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry. What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after convception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguisable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.     Why choose us for your early pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound scanning. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, pregnancy, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced private ultrasound scan services and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for an pregnancy reassurance ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency Early Ultrasound Scan Service in London Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time.Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.

  • 0 What is an Ultrasound Scan

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 11-02-2018
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    The ultrasound scan or sonogram os USG as otherwise known is a painless diagnostic imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultra sound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. A sound frequency that the human ear can’t hear.The ultrasound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As these sound waves travel through the body bounce back because of differences in the tissues. The bounced back sound waves are called echoes. These echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses them and creates the 2d ultrasound image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike CT and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. Ultrasound therefore is being used in all stages of pregnancy strating from as early 5 weeks gestation age. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   What are the benefits and risks of ultrasound scans? Benefits of ultrasound scans Ultrasound scans are noninvasive. An ultrasound scan exam may be occasionaly, temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities. Ultrasound scans are extremely safe and do not use any ionizing radiation. Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as liver that do not show up well on x-rays. Risks of ultrasound scans There are no known harmful effects on adults or babys related to ultrasound scans.     What are the limitations of Ultrasound Scan Imaging?   Ultrasound waves do not travel well in bowel or gas so abdominal organs such as stomach and bowel or organs obscured by bowel can not be fully evaluated with ultrasound.   It can also be hard to fully visualise internal anatomy of large patients as the sound waves have further to travel and therefore the returning echoes are weaker.   Are there any special preparations needed for a scan? This will depend on the kind of the ultrasound examination you are having. You should have received information about preparation with your appointment confirmation. It is therefore very important to read your confirmation letter/e-mail carefully.   Who will I see? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your ultrasound scan exam and provide you with a written ultrasound scan report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the ultrasound scan results with you during and after your scan. We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvic, testicular and vascular ultrasound scan examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. If you have any questions about your ultrasound scan or the results please do not hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.   How long does a scan usually take? The actual ultrasound examination takes 10 to 20mins depending on the ultrasound scan you having. Please allow some extra time for your printed ultrasound report.  Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with an ultrasound scan report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.    How much does an ultrasound scan cost? The price of a private ultrasound scan in London shouldn’t be prohibiting when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our ultrasound scan prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see for the ultrasound scan is the price you pay with no hidden extras and no booking fees   If you have any questions about yor ultrasound scan please leave us a comment and we will reply as soon as possible.   About  Pregnancy Scans A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones  or  kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.   When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy? You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy  scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough  and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.   What are ultrasound scans used for in pregnancy? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy. First Trimester Ultrasounds Check that you are pregnant and that your baby has a heartbeat. Check if you have a singleton or twins Make sure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic located within the endometrial cavity and is not outside the womb such as in the fallopian tube. Look for the cause of any bleeding you might have. Date the pregnancy by measuring the crown rump length of the foetal pole.   Second Trimester Ultrasounds   Verify dates and growth Estimate the  baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks Help with diagnostic tests by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Check your baby to see if all his organs are normal. Diagnose abnormalities Assess the amount of amniotic fluid and the location of the placenta. Evaluation of fetal well-being Third trimester Ultrasounds Make sure your baby is growing at the expected rate. Confirm if your baby is a boy or a girl. Some mothers to be, will, unfortunately get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor might refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry. What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after conception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguishable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.   Why choose us for your private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors, we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include, other than pregnancy, the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced pregnancy scan examinations and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.      Looking for a private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well-established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.   

  • 0 What can be seen on ultrasound during the early Pregnancy Scan

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 15-11-2017
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    Pregnancy or baby ultrasound scans are routine part of the prenatal care. Ultrasound scans are completely painless, have no known side effects on mothers or babies, and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy: in early pregnancy, ultrasound is being used to confirm the baby's heartbeat and exclude any early stage abnormalities; later in pregnancy ultrasound is being used to evaluate the baby's overall health. It may be worth noting that spotting is common in pregnancy. Usually, it's nothing to worry about, but it's always best to double check with your doctor or midwife.What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after conception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguisable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.       What are the benefits and risks of the pregnancy ultrasound scans? Benefits The pregnancy scan is non-invasive. If a transvaginal scan is required the ultrasound exam might be a little uncomfortable but not painful. Ultrasound examinations are significantly cheaper than other diagnostic imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is safe for the baby and the mother as there is no ionizing radiation involved. You can not see the baby using conventional x-ray imaging. Ultrasound is the preferred imaging investigation for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnancies. Ultrasound allows the sonographer to see inside the uterus in real time and provides neccesary information  about the pregnancy. Risks There are no known harmful effects on humans related to pregnancy ultrasound examinations. Although urasound has been used in pregnancy for more than 40  years with no evidence suggestining it is harmful to the patient, embryo or fetus, ultrasound should be performed only when clinically indicated and by qualified practitioners.   Who interprets the results of the private scan and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination. Our sonographers are advanced practicioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience; fully qualified, registered with the HCPC and work full/part time for flagship London NHS hospitals. On an average month they perform more than 500 examinations a month and regularly train junior radiologists in the art of ultrasound scanning. During the working day in the NHs they deal with all kinds of routine and emergency scans. They rotate through the hospitals recurrent miscarriage unit where they gain valuable experience in pregnancy and its various complications. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.     About  Pregnancy Scans A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones  or  kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.   When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy? You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy  scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough  and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.   What are ultrasound scans used for in pregnancy? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy. First Trimester Ultrasounds Check that you are pregnant and that your baby has a heartbeat. Check if you have a singleton or twins Make sure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic located within the endometrial cavity and is not outside the womb such as in the fallopian tube. Look for the cause of any bleeding you might have. Date the pregnancy by measuring the crown rump length of the foetal pole. Second Trimester Ultrasounds   Verify dates and growth Estimate the  baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks Help with diagnostic tests by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Check your baby to see if all his organs are normal. Diagnose abnormalities Assess the amount of amniotic fluid and the location of the placenta. Evaluation of fetal well-being Third trimester Ultrasounds Make sure your baby is growing at the expected rate. Confirm if your baby is a boy or a girl. Some mothers to be, will, unfortunately get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor might refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry. What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after conception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguishable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.   Why choose us for your private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors, we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include, other than pregnancy, the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced pregnancy scan examinations and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Scans Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for a private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well-established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency London Pregnancy Ultrasound Services Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call pregnancy ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency pregnancy ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time.Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.

  • 0 Our Most Frequent Pregnancy Scans

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 15-11-2017
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    The pregnancy scans offered by the NHS might not always be enough to offer the reassurance that the pregnancy is progressing properly. You can find below the most popular pregnancy scans in our ultrasound clinic. These scans offer peace of mind that every couple seeks. Early pregnancy scan. We offer this scan from the 6th to 11th week gestation. This scan will confirm your pregnancy, calculate your estimated due date, detect whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy scan. Dating scan.  We offer this scan from the 11th to 14th week. This scan will date your pregnancy by measuring the crown to rump length (CRL), confirm if it is a single or multiple pregnancy and most importantly will confirming foetal viability by checking the baby’s heartbeat. Gender scan. From 16 weeks onwards we can identify the gender of your baby with very high accuracy. Using our ultrasound scanner, loaded with the latest ultrasound technology the sonographer will be able to tell you if you having a boy or a girl. Growth scan. If you had previous birth complications or have any concerns or worries this scan will check your baby’s growth. We offer the growth scan, between the 24th and 38th week of your pregnancy.       What are the benefits and risks of the pregnancy ultrasound scans? Benefits The pregnancy scan is non-invasive. If a transvaginal scan is required the ultrasound exam might be a little uncomfortable but not painful. Ultrasound examinations are significantly cheaper than other diagnostic imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is safe for the baby and the mother as there is no ionizing radiation involved. You can not see the baby using conventional x-ray imaging. Ultrasound is the preferred imaging investigation for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnancies. Ultrasound allows the sonographer to see inside the uterus in real time and provides neccesary information  about the pregnancy. Risks There are no known harmful effects on humans related to pregnancy ultrasound examinations. Although urasound has been used in pregnancy for more than 40  years with no evidence suggestining it is harmful to the patient, embryo or fetus, ultrasound should be performed only when clinically indicated and by qualified practitioners.   Who interprets the results of the private scan and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination. Our sonographers are advanced practicioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience; fully qualified, registered with the HCPC and work full/part time for flagship London NHS hospitals. On an average month they perform more than 500 examinations a month and regularly train junior radiologists in the art of ultrasound scanning. During the working day in the NHs they deal with all kinds of routine and emergency scans. They rotate through the hospitals recurrent miscarriage unit where they gain valuable experience in pregnancy and its various complications. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.     About  Pregnancy Scans A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones  or  kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.   When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy? You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy  scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough  and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.   What are ultrasound scans used for in pregnancy? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy. First Trimester Ultrasounds Check that you are pregnant and that your baby has a heartbeat. Check if you have a singleton or twins Make sure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic located within the endometrial cavity and is not outside the womb such as in the fallopian tube. Look for the cause of any bleeding you might have. Date the pregnancy by measuring the crown rump length of the foetal pole. Second Trimester Ultrasounds   Verify dates and growth Estimate the  baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks Help with diagnostic tests by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Check your baby to see if all his organs are normal. Diagnose abnormalities Assess the amount of amniotic fluid  and the location of the placenta. Evaluation of fetal well-being Third trimester Ultrasounds Make sure your baby is growing at the expected rate. Confirm if your baby is a boy or a girl. Some mothers to be, will, unfortunatelly get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor wight refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry. What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after convception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguisable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.   Why choose us for your private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include, other than pregnancy, the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced pregnancy scan examinations and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Scans Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for a private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency London Pregnancy Ultrasound Services Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call pregnancy ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency pregnancy ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time.Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.

  • 0 Private scans

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 28-08-2017
    5.00 of 1 votes

    Welcome to our new private scan blog. Our private scan clinic in Notting Hill Gate offers a wide range of private scans for men and women as well as pregnancy private scans. We are conveniently located a few minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station and we offer a range of out of hour private scan appointments, including emergency/on call private scans to suit your lifestyle. You can find the whole range of our private scans here.         Who interprets the results of the private scan and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your private scan and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your ultrasound scan examination. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.   What are the benefits and risks of the ultrasound scan examination? Benefits Ultrasound scanning is noninvasive. An ultrasound scan exam may be occasionaly, temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation. Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as liver that do not show up well on x-rays. Risks There are no known harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound scan examinations.   What are the limitations of Ultrasound Scan Imaging?  Ultrasound waves do not travel well in bowel or gas so you can not fully evaluate abdominal organs such as stomach and bowel or organs obscured by bowel. It can also be hard to fully visualise internal anatomy of large patients as the sound has further to travel and therefore the returning echoes are weaker.   Why choose us for your private scan? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a private scan report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound scanning. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular scan examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of private scan examinations include the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of private scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced private scan services and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Scans Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for a private scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency Private Scan Service Our private scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time. Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.  

  • 0 Abdominal Ultrasound Scan. Gallstones: Risk Factors and Causes

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 28-08-2017
    5.00 of 1 votes

    Cholelithiasis is  the medical term for Gallstone disease. Cholelithiasis is one of the most common and costly of all digestive diseases. This post outlines some of the associated risk factors and the more common causes of gallstone formation with some additional details about their classification. NHS UK (2016) states that gallstones are thought to be caused by an imbalance in the chemical make up of the bile within the gallbladder. These chemical imbalances cause tiny crystals to form within the bile that can gradually increase in size from tiny grains of sand to the size of a pebble over a period of time.   Risk Factors The risk factors identified by Wang and Afdhal (2016) for gallstones in the gallbladder (cholelithiasis) include:- diet, age, gender, oestrogen therapy, obesity, fasting, diabetes, family history, rapid weight loss, some medications including those that reduce cholesterol or Lipids or an antibiotic called Cerfriaxone, disease of the ilium or it’s resection and spinal cord injuries. Stockley (2001) states that gallstones are not exclusive to fair, fat, flatulent, fertile over 40 years old females as was previously thought but are also found in young and old alike and have even been detected on fetal ultrasound scanning in the womb. According to Nathanson (2014) it has been estimated from autopsy studies that 12% of men and 24% of women of all ages have gallstone disease present and that 10-30% of them become symptomatic. There are over 40,000 operations to remove the gallbladder and its gallstones (cholecystectomy) performed annually in the UK. Stockley (2001) states that gallstones are formed in several ways: Cholesterol stones which are hard are formed due to an increase in the concentration of cholesterol in the blood (hypercholesterolaemia). An increase in bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinaemia) found in patients with haemolytic anaemia which form irregularly shaped soft, small brown pigment gallstones. Biliary stasis caused by a faulty, malformed, non-emptying gallbladder or obstructed cystic duct leading to stagnant bile. This creates high concentrations of cholesterol and bile pigments following excessive water absorption. This leads to the formation of mixed cholesterol and bile pigment stones, the most common type of gallstone.   There are differing methods used for gallstone classification, namely their chemical composition location Wang and Afdhal (2016) classify gallstones into 3 types based on their chemical composition and macroscopic appearance: cholesterol, pigment and rare stones. 75% of gallstones in the Western world are cholesterol stones consisting mainly of cholesterol monohydrate crystals and precipitates of amorphous calcium bilirubinate. These stones are further sub-classified as either pure cholesterol or mixed stones that contain at least 50% of cholesterol by weight. The remainder of gallstones are classified as pigmented stones that contain mostly calcium hydrogen bilirubinate and they can be further sub-classified into two groups: black pigment (20%) and brown pigment stones (4.5%). Rare gallstones account for 0.5% and include calcium carbonate stones and fatty acid-calcium stones.   Wang and Afdhal (2016) classify gallstones by their location as Intrahepatic stones which are predominantly brown pigment stones Gallbladder stones which are mainly cholesterol stones with a small group of black pigment stones. Bile duct stones (choledocholithiasis) which are composed mostly of mixed cholesterol stones. Gallstone Diagnosis The abdominal ultrasound scan is the first line of investigation in the diagnosis of gallstones. This ultrasound scan is performed on a fasted patient.  The reason for fasting is that the gallbladder is like a balloon. When we eat something fatty, the gaalbladder will excrete the bile into the gut to break down the fat and therefore the gallbladder colapses and it is not possible therefore to see if there are any stones within the lumen. In IUS London our abdominal scan will evaluate your gallbladder for any signs of gallstones, thickening of the gallbladder wall and the existence of any pericholecystic fluid. We will also check your liver, your pancreas, your kidneys and the spleen. You can book an abdominal ultrasound scan in London by visiting our ultrasound scan appointments booking page. You can find more information about the upper abdominal scan here.     References: NHS Choices (2016) Gallstones causes. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/gallstones/Pages/causes.aspx [Accessed 17/10/2016] Wang, D., Afdhal, N. (2016). Gallstone Disease In: Feldman, M., Friedman, L., Brandt,L.(eds) Sleisanger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Pathophysiology / Diagnosis / Management. Volume 1. 10th Edition. Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier. pp -1100 - 1108 Stockley, M (2001) Abdominal Ultrasound. 1st edition. Greenwich Medical Media Nathanson, L. (2014) Gallstones, In: Garden, O., Parks, R. (eds.) Hepatobilary and Pancreatic Surgery. A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice. 5th edition. Edinburgh. Saunders Elsevier. p 174. Bibiliograph: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/gallstones#1What Are Gallstones? [Accessed 17/10/2016] http://www.livescience.com/34726-gallstones-symptoms-treatment.html. [Accessed 18/10/2016] Mayo Clinic (2013) Gallstones causes. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallstones/basics/causes/con-20020461. [Accessed 18/10/2016]     Who interprets the results and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.   What are the benefits and risks of the abdominal ultrasound examination? Benefits Ultrasound scanning is noninvasive. An ultrasound exam may be occasionaly, temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation. Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as liver that do not show up well on x-rays. Risks There are no harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound examinations.   What are the limitations of Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging?  Ultrasound does not travel well in bowel or gas so you can not fully evaluate abdominal organs such as stomach and bowel or organs obscured by bowel. It can also be hard to fully visualise internal anatomy of large patients as the sound has further to travel and therefore the returning echoes are weaker.   Why choose us for your private abdominal ultrasound scan? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced private ultrasound scan services and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for an abdominal ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency Abdominal Ultrasound Scan Service Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time. Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.  

  • 0 Private Pregnancy scans and Scanxiety

    • by Private ultrasound scan clinic
    • 28-08-2017
    5.00 of 2 votes

    Scan Anxiety- Scanxiety and the truth   There has been lots of talk lately on the newspapers and on-line about scanxiety- someone created a fancy word to describe anxiety before diagnostic scans such as CT and MRI. The term quickly included ultrasound scans in a newspaper attempt to grab reader’s attention. The Guardian headline reads:Scanxiety: why private baby scans are on the riseMany pregnant women are paying for extra ultrasounds, for reassurance or for ‘souvenir scans’. But does multiple scanning pose a risk to the unborn child? The MailOnline article reads:Pregnant women with 'scanxiety' are told to avoid private ultrasounds as firms offer multiple scans to assuage their fears Study found almost a third of mothers-to-be pay for extra scans while pregnant Many do so due to anxiety, despite NHS offering scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks Parent site ChannelMum.com says ‘pop-up’ firms target women with 'scanxiety' Another article on MailOnline reads:The rise of 'scanxiety': Pregnant women are risking their babies' health by paying for unnecessary scans UK and US guidelines advise getting two scans: one at 12 weeks, one at 20 weeks A new study shows a third of mothers-to-be pay for extra private ultrasounds Too many high-intensity scans may cause harm to the foetus, experts warn  Anxiety over the baby's health may be doing more harm than good, they say     Going through these articles as a qualified sonographer found out that they were full of inaccuracies, misinformation and scaremongering.Ultrasound used in pregnancy since the late 70s. There were a few research publications suggesting that ultrasound might affect growth of the unborn baby but with no conclusive evidence and consequent studies failed to duplicate the results. The medical community therefore is suggesting that ultrasound should be used when clinically indicated. NICE recommends 2 scans and 12 weeks and 20 weeks as sufficient during the pregnancy. A new study in England however shows that almost a third of expectant mothers are paying for additional private ultrasounds. So NICE knows better than the pregnant mothers or is it because NICE has to take into account the lack of NHS sonographers and midwives and try to alleviate the stress on the NHS? If two ultrasound scans are enough why is it not the same in the USA, Australia and most other European countries? So would you say to a pregnant lady and her partner who had a miscarriage and sometimes unfortunately multiple ones, who are in the waiting room shaking waiting to find out if their baby has heart beat are over reacting and suffering from scanxiety? Is the ultrasound scan clinically indicated? I would say yes as the ultrasound scan will either reassure them, that their baby is alive or at the worst case scenario will confirm their fears but at least they will know and they will be able to deal with it. In very anxious patients, sometimes a quick scan is the best option for alleviating stress which is helpful in so many other ways. In our London ultrasound clinic we do not just do pregnancy scans such the early pregnancy/reassurance scan but we do a variety of other ultrasonic examinations such as abdominal, pelvic and musculoskeletal examinations. We have clients from all walks of life including health care professionals who are not willing to wait 6+ weeks to have a scan on the NHS as they want to find out if there is something wrong with them and treat it ASAP. We assume that these clients are suffering from scanxiety too but all these articles concentrated on expecting mothers as a soft target. Never the less anxiety associated with the results of a scan either ultrasound, CT or MRI between cancer patients is well documented. Some concerns on these articles arise from the intensity of the ultrasound beam and the length of ultrasound scanning. The intensity of the ultrasound beam is significantly higher on 4D scans than 2D scans as is the scanning time. In our London ultrasound clinic we do not offer 4D ultrasound scans but most of the ultrasound clinics that do offer them, they offer them later in pregnancy  at 20+ weeks, when the baby is well developed and the effects of ultrasound intensity are minimal. The most valid point of these articles is the use of untrained/unqualified sonographers. I am not aware of any ultrasound clinics in the UK that use unqualified sonographers and as far as I know the ultrasound clinics are registered with CQC. Never the less the DailyMail has compiled a list with tips on finding a reputable scanning clinic:   TIPS ON FINDING A REPUTABLE SCANNING CLINIC  ·  Check that your ultrasound clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission, to ensure it meets professional standards.·  Look online for clinic reviews and check how long the company has been established.·  Ask the clinic abut staff qualifications and experience. Any reputable firm will be happy to help. Your sonographer should be HCPC qualified.·  Some clinics do offer discounts to make the treatment affordable for everyone. However if you are being pressured to buy more packages than you need or can afford, consider going elsewhere. It's your body, your baby and your choice.·  If you feel overly anxious, speak with your midwife. Your ultrasound clinic will work with him or her. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.       What are the benefits and risks of the pregnancy ultrasound scans? Benefits The pregnancy scan is non-invasive. If a transvaginal scan is required the ultrasound exam might be a little uncomfortable but not painful. Ultrasound examinations are significantly cheaper than other diagnostic imaging modalities. Ultrasound imaging is safe for the baby and the mother as there is no ionizing radiation involved. You can not see the baby using conventional x-ray imaging. Ultrasound is the preferred imaging investigation for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnancies. Ultrasound allows the sonographer to see inside the uterus in real time and provides neccesary information  about the pregnancy. Risks There are no known harmful effects on humans related to pregnancy ultrasound examinations. Although urasound has been used in pregnancy for more than 40  years with no evidence suggestining it is harmful to the patient, embryo or fetus, ultrasound should be performed only when clinically indicated and by qualified practitioners.   Who interprets the results of the private scan and how do I get them? Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound scan images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination. Our sonographers are advanced practicioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience; fully qualified, registered with the HCPC and work full/part time for flagship London NHS hospitals. On an average month they perform more than 500 examinations a month and regularly train junior radiologists in the art of ultrasound scanning. During the working day in the NHs they deal with all kinds of routine and emergency scans. They rotate through the hospitals recurrent miscarriage unit where they gain valuable experience in pregnancy and its various complications. It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.     About  Pregnancy Scans A pregnancy ultrasound scan is the same as a ‘normal’ scans but is being used to evaluate the overall health of your baby instead of looking at other organs such as gallbladder for gallstones  or  kidney for kidney stones. So in pregnancy ultrasound scans are being used to visualise the baby, the placenta, the uterus and cervix and your ovaries.Pregnancy ultrasound scans or prenatal ultrasounds are very common and being carried in any stage of the pregnancy.   When Is an Ultrasound Performed During Pregnancy? You will normally offered two ultrasound scans during your pregnancy from the NHS. The first pregnancy  scan is at 12 weeks and called a dating scan. The second pregnancy scan is at 20 weeks and called an anomaly scan.Most of the expectant mothers, especially the ones with previous complications such as miscarriage they do not believe that 2 ultrasound scans during pregnancy are enough  and this is the reason they choose to have a private pregnancy scan in London with us.   What are ultrasound scans used for in pregnancy? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, ultrasounds will be used to give you and your doctor or midwife answers about your pregnancy. First Trimester Ultrasounds Check that you are pregnant and that your baby has a heartbeat. Check if you have a singleton or twins Make sure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic located within the endometrial cavity and is not outside the womb such as in the fallopian tube. Look for the cause of any bleeding you might have. Date the pregnancy by measuring the crown rump length of the foetal pole. Second Trimester Ultrasounds Verify dates and growth Estimate the  baby's risk of Down's syndrome by measuring fluid at the back of your baby’s neck between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks Help with diagnostic tests by showing the position of the baby and placenta. Check your baby to see if all his organs are normal. Diagnose abnormalities Assess the amount of amniotic fluid  and the location of the placenta. Evaluation of fetal well-being Third trimester Ultrasounds Make sure your baby is growing at the expected rate. Confirm if your baby is a boy or a girl. Some mothers to be, will, unfortunatelly get various complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure, kidney infections and abnormal liver function tests. As ultrasound scans are pregnancy friendly your doctor wight refer you for an abdominal/liver scan or a kidney scan to check for anything that might explain your symptoms.Although these ultrasound scans are not pregnancy scans, they are related to pregnancy and in most cases all the complications resolve after delivery. But like everything else related to your health and your baby’s health: better safe than sorry. What can be seen during the early scan: At 5 weeks gestation (i.e 3 weeks after convception) a small gestation sac might be visible. At 6 weeks, the yolk sac, the embryo (foetal pole) and the heart beat might be visible. At 7 weeks the embryo will be around 10mm with fast heart beat. At 8 weeks, the embryo will be around 16mm and the body and the head might be distinguisable. Embryonic movement might also seen. At 9 weeks, the embryo is now a foetus and head, body and limbs start to form.   Why choose us for your private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs. Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment.  We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands. Our range of ultrasound examinations include, other than pregnancy, the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu. Our competitively priced pregnancy scan examinations and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family.    About Ultrasound Scans Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising sound waves to produce internal images of the body.It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear cant can’t hear these frequencies.The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.   Looking for a private pregnancy ultrasound scan in London? IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.    Emergency London Pregnancy Ultrasound Services Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call pregnancy ultrasound services.We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.If you were to require an emergency pregnancy ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time.Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.  

 

 

 

 

 

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