Another example is that when ultrasound travels though bile in a gallbladder it will echo back strongly if it hits a solid gallstone.So, as ultrasound ‘hits’ different structures of different density in the body, it sends back echoes of varying strength. An ultrasound scan can take up to 45 minutes to perform and is carried out in the imaging department.
The primary purpose of any scan is to assess the well-being of your baby, so first of all, our midwife sonographers will carry out a standard 2D Growth and Well-being Scan. The midwife sonographer passes a handheld device called an abdominal probe over your skin.
It is this probe that sends out ultrasound waves and picks them up when they bounce back.
The operator moves the probe around over the surface of the skin to get views from different angles.
Generally there is no preparation for ultrasound scans.
A 3D or 4D ultrasound can be carried out at any stage of the pregnancy but the optimal time is between 26 and 32 weeks.
No GP referral is required and appointments are generally available at short notice Our 3D and 4D ultrasound scans are carried out by our specialist midwife sonographers.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning is particularly useful for demonstrating causes of pain, muscle and tendon tears.
It's used to produce images of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body.
Provided your baby is lying in an optimal position you will then be able to see moving images of your baby.
A 3D and 4D ultrasound scan at The Wells Suite with our specialist midwife sonographers will cost £140.
Like other ultrasound scans during your pregnancy, 3D and 4D ultrasound scans use sound waves to create an image of your baby in your womb.