How do I get an ultrasound scan?
If you need an ultrasound scan and you have been referred by a clinician, send it to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you a call to make an appointment or call us on 020 7042 1888. Once you’ve contacted us, we will send you a link to sign up to Oryon Connect, our online community, where you can upload your referral and pay for your appointment.
At the moment, we don’t support online booking for ultrasound, because we need to check referral information to make sure the best Consultant Radiologist is assigned. We will call you to book you in for an appointment once your referral information has been triaged.
If you don’t have a referral you can head over to Oryon Connect for advice on how to get one, and for help to guide you to a suitable healthcare professional, who can see you for a consultation and refer you for imaging if necessary.
How do I refer a patient for an ultrasound scan?
The best way to refer for ultrasound is to log in or sign up to our online community, Connect. Here you can submit referrals, view scan images and reports, and manage patient appointments. You can also send referrals to email@example.com or call us on 020 7042 1888.
What is ultrasound?
An ultrasound scanner uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of the body. It is one of the safest types of scan you can have. During the scan, a small sensor, (transducer), is moved over the skin. This sensor projects and detects its own sound waves, which bounce off different parts of the body. A computer then organises the reflected waves into a dynamic picture, which the radiologist performing the scan uses to help make a diagnosis.
We offer a diverse range of ultrasound scans
We specialise in a wide range of accessible, high-quality consultant-led ultrasound scanning. These include:
Efficiency: The total time patients spend in our imaging centre during a single region ultrasound is up to an hour. This involves being checked in, having the scan with the Consultant Radiologist, and checking out.
Central location: We are in the heart of the Harley Street medical district on Wimpole Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street tube station.
Consultant-led approach: All our exams are performed and reported by our expert Consultant Radiologists. Each has their own interests and specialities, so you will be seen by a consultant with the relevant speciality.
Rapid online results: Patients and their referrers can see the scan images immediately after the patient finishes their scan on our online community, Connect. All patients also leave their appointment with a CD of their images. Our Consultant Radiologists aim to upload reports to the referring clinician’s account within one working day. Call us on 020 7042 1888 to get set up with an account in a few easy steps. Alternatively, login details are emailed to you automatically when we receive your first referral.
A quality service: The quality of our service is recognised by all major insurers including BUPA, AXA PPP and WPA. We are also registered and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Ultrasound clinic opening hours
Before your appointment
Once we’ve received your referral and you’ve been booked in for your scan, you’ll receive a confirmation with all the details of your appointment.
Some ultrasound scans require preparation, which you will be told about before your appointment.
When you arrive
When you arrive at the centre you’ll be checked in by a member of staff at our reception on the lower ground floor. You’ll be then be introduced to the Consultant Radiologist, who will show you to the ultrasound room, explain the exam and answer any questions about the scan. For some scans you might need to change into a gown; if this is the case you will be shown to a lockable changing room where you can get changed and leave your valuables. You can find out more about our Consultant Radiologists here.
During your appointment
In the ultrasound room you will sit or lie on a bed. The Consultant Radiologist uses a water-based gel to help the sensor glide across the skin, which contributes to a clear image. It is easily washed or wiped off after the scan.
The Consultant Radiologist will glide the transducer over your skin, during which you will be able to see the live image on the ultrasound machine’s computer screen. The Consultant Radiologist will look at the screen, taking screenshots to help them draw up the report after your appointment. One of the many advantages of consultant-led ultrasound is that they perform the scan and then draw up the report.
After your appointment
After your scan, you can collect your valuables from the changing room, and that’s that!
Your scan images are uploaded to Connect, our secure online community, immediately after the scan, and we aim to send the report, which is done by the Consultant Radiologist who performed your scan, to your referring clinician via Connect within one working day. To discuss your report and to find out what your next steps might be, you should make an appointment with your clinician.