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We use ultrasound scans to diagnose conditions affecting the neck, breast, abdomen, pelvic organs, joints, soft tissues and blood vessels. We also use them for certain types of therapeutic injections. In addition, our doctors may use them for performing a drain insertion and for biopsies.

Ultrasound scans use high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the structures inside your body. Your radiologist will apply a  cool jelly to the skin above the area being scanned. This prevents the formation of air pockets which can block the sound waves.

We press the ultrasound probe gently against the area and move it around slowly. This enables the radiologist to get a good look at what is going on inside. Ultrasound works by sending sound waves into your body and collecting the ones that bounce back. These are turned into images on the computer. The procedure is quick, painless and safe. It normally takes around 30 minutes.

You might need an ultrasound to:

  • Diagnose a condition affecting your bones, soft tissues, major organs or blood vessels.
  • Support accurate positioning of a therapeutic injection or drain insertion.
  • Assist in obtaining a biopsy.

This may vary depending on the type of ultrasound scan we give you. For example, you may need to have a full bladder for some types of pelvic scans. Alternatively you might need to avoid food or drink for a few hours if we are giving you a gallbladder ultrasound. Your appointment letter will explain what to do.

Before your scan we may be ask you to remove items of jewellery from the area to be scanned and to remove some items of clothing. We will ask you to lie down on the examination table and we will apply a cool jelly to the skin above the area to be scanned. The radiographer will hold the ultrasound probe over the area and then move it around gently.

Ultrasound scans are a safe procedure that use sound waves rather than radiation so they can be used even during pregnancy.

We use leading edge imaging technologies to improve the accuracy and efficacy of certain types of minimally-invasive pinhole treatments. Ultrasound imaging is used for treatments such as ultrasound guided suprapubic catheter insertion, image guided joint and soft tissue injections and image guided nerve root injections.

Why choose Berkshire Imaging?

We are one of the largest private radiology groups in Berkshire, providing imaging for patients across the county. We also provide interventional radiology procedures for patients in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Bucks and London. We are leaders in medical imaging and image guided treatments. As a result we use cutting edge technologies to diagnose and treat many different and often complex conditions.

When you are concerned about your health, you want a doctor to see and treat you as quickly as possible. With Berkshire Imaging you will receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis. This can help ensure better outcomes if you need treatment or put your mind at ease if you don’t.

Where Are You Based?

We provide imaging for patients right across Berkshire. From Newbury and Thatcham in the West along the M4 corridor to Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham and as far as Maidenhead and Slough, we have helped hundreds of patients in Berkshire. Our strong relationships with all the major private hospitals across Berkshire enable us to offer rapid access to private scans in several locations.

Contact Us

If you have any questions our friendly patient care team will be happy to help. Contact us by calling 0118 338 2500 or emailing for more details about this procedure.


Frequently asked questions – Ultrasound

We will send your results promptly to your referring clinician. They will then get in touch to discuss them with you.

We offer the following ultrasound scans:

  • abdomen
  • kidneys
  • liver and gallbladder
  • pelvis
  • neck
  • thyroid
  • testes
  • groin
  • shoulder
  • elbow
  • wrist and hand
  • hip
  • knee
  • ankle
  • foot
  • soft tissue lumps

Berkshire Imaging does not offer pregnancy scans or fertility scanning.

If your doctor thinks you need a breast ultrasound they will need to refer you directly to the specialist team at Spire Dunedin Hospital. We are unable to take direct referrals. For more information please visit our breast imaging page.

Ultrasound scans usually take around 15 – 20 minutes depending on the type of scan.

We offer a broad range of treatments at Berkshire Imaging, at a number of different locations. For this reason the price will vary. Please call 0118 338 2500 or email for an accurate price. You can also get in touch via our contact page. You can read more information relating to payments and insurance on our payment information page.