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What to Expect from a Full Body Ultrasound Scan as a Patient

What to Expect from a Full-Body Ultrasound Scan as a Patient

Understanding any medical procedure is important, and vital to getting the best from the service. Full-body ultrasounds are one type of procedure, useful for learning more about the health of your internal organs. In this article from London Private Ultrasound, you can find out everything you need to know about full-body ultrasound scans and who they might be right for.

What is an ultrasound scan?

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms or seeking a diagnosis for a problem, your doctor may recommend an ultrasound. Ultrasounds are a type of medical imaging procedure that uses high-frequency waves which result in detailed images of what is inside the body. 

An ultrasound scan is performed with a handheld device known as a transducer. The frequency sound waves that the transducer emits will bounce off the internal organs, reflecting into the system and therefore resulting in an image which can be viewed on the attached monitor. This helps medical professionals to provide diagnoses to their patients, helping them to get the treatments that they need.

What can ultrasounds check?

Most commonly recognised as a procedure used during pregnancy, ultrasounds have many more uses than simply analysing the development of a baby. Ultrasounds have a variety of applications and purposes, helping patients to get a sense of their current health. These scans can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions, thanks to their ability to help detect different issues within and around organs. 

What to Expect from a Full Body Ultrasound Scan as a Patient

Full-body ultrasound scans provide an easy way to have multiple organs and internal systems checked in one appointment, making it a preferable choice for many patients. A full-body ultrasound offered by London Private Ultrasound will cover the following body parts:

  • Thyroid
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Ureter
  • Abdominal aorta
  • Carotid blood vessels
  • Prostate (male)
  • Testis (male)
  • Uterus (female)
  • Ovaries (female)

The Benefits of a Full-Body Ultrasound

If you’re concerned about the health of any of your organs, it’s worth considering a full-body ultrasound scan. In this section, you can learn more about the particular benefits of a full-body ultrasound appointment and why it might be right for you. 

Painless

Unlike other popular types of scans and procedures, a full-body ultrasound should be entirely painless. This means it’s particularly good for those who experience pain easily or may feel nervous about health screenings in general. If you still feel nervous about your appointment, it’s best to speak to your healthcare provider who should offer you further support and advice to help prepare you for your procedure.

Non-Invasive

To check the health of your internal organs, some procedures require access internally, which can be invasive and unpleasant. Luckily, full-body ultrasounds offer a way for you to check the health of your organs in a non-invasive manner. These ultrasounds should always be carried out by professionals and experts. 

Versatile

As a full-body ultrasound covers all the important parts of your body, it can help diagnose a variety of conditions in one session. From your thyroid to your reproductive organs, a full-body ultrasound will thoroughly scan the organs to detect issues that may be unknown to you beforehand. 

Cost-Effective

Paying for several separate ultrasound scans can be expensive in the long run, so opting for a full-body ultrasound can be a great cost-effective alternative. These can meet your vascular ultrasound scan needs, for example, while also helping to confirm any other concerns you might have about your body.

Quick

Compared to other thorough procedures, full-body ultrasounds are relatively quick. The session will be unique to you and your individual needs, making it difficult to determine an exact timing, however, your medical provider can provide you with a rough time scale. As these scans offer real-time monitoring too, the professional can detect and inform you of anything concerning during your appointment, however, test results will generally come later after being reviewed by an expert.

Preparing for an Ultrasound

If you have an ultrasound appointment booked, it’s worth knowing how to prepare for the appointment. Your healthcare provider should provide you fully with advice and answers to any questions you may have typically, helping to ready you for the session. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothing, which can be easily lifted or moved during your ultrasound if you are asked. Some specialists will offer you a gown to wear instead as well. 

What to Expect from a Full Body Ultrasound Scan as a Patient

During the Appointment

When you come to your appointment, you will typically be first asked to fill out all relevant consent forms and give your personal information. Afterwards, you should be invited to the room in which the procedure will take place. As mentioned, you may be asked to privately change into a gown or move certain items of clothing, before you lie down on the examination table. A gel will then be applied, and the procedure can start.

Once the procedure has begun, you may be asked to move or shift positions to allow the professional to get the best view of the health of your organs. What shows up on the screen may be captured for a better look later on, helping to get a clearer picture of what is going on. 

After the scanning is finished, the sonographer will wipe off the gel, allowing you to get dressed. Following this, you should be fine to leave the building and resume all your normal activities. You will then need to await the results of your ultrasound scan.

Health Screening Services in London

At London Private Ultrasound, our team of specialists can offer you thorough and professional private healthcare services. From health screenings to private blood tests, we have a range of services to choose from, enabling you to select the right healthcare check for you. We also have services specifically tailored to both men’s and women’s health

Choose our full-body ultrasounds for a complete check of your body’s organs and internal systems, helping to ensure it is functioning as it should. Performed by our experts, this is a procedure that can detect cysts, obstructions and infections. Please visit our website to learn more about us and our range of services, or get in touch with us directly.