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Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasonography is an imaging examination for soft tissue structures of the body, that can aid in the diagnosis of conditions. It allows the clinician to view any of the soft tissues, including fat, muscle, tendon, ligament and various organs within your body. It can also see the outline of bones, but cannot see through bone. It achieves this through the use of sound waves which produce an image.

Where required, our service offers a quick diagnosis of injury, and following necessary treatment, a faster return to sport and general activities.

An Ultrasound examination will take place within a 30 minute appointment. You will be given a verbal report of the exam, and if required, a written report can be produced. The examination costs £55.  A copy of the scans costs £10, and a written report £30.  All information is saved for a period of 8 years from your last visit to Wright Chiropractic & Ultrasonography, after which, paperwork will be securely destroyed, and scans deleted.

You do not need a referral from a GP, or other healthcare professional but, without a referral, you will be asked questions about the history of the problem and examined to determine the source of the pain.

There is no sensation when undergoing an Ultrasound examination. However, in cases of sprained ligaments, there maybe some sensation when the transducer head is moved over the injured area.

You may also wish to have follow-up examinations when you have completed your treatment or rehabilitation courses. This will determine the degree of tissue recovery, and hence further prognosis.

Ultrasound does not involve any radiation that you get with Radiography (X-Ray) and Computed Tomography (CT). Ultrasound does not involve claustrophobic imaging tunnels as with most Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and has the ability for dynamic scanning. Movement when undergoing X-Ray, MRI and CT will result in many images having to be re-taken.

Ian has a postgraduate qualification in Medical Ultrasound from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth.  For further information on Ultrasonography please refer to www.aecc.ac.uk/schools/medical-ultrasound. Ian is also a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society.  Further information can be found at www.bmus.org.