Royal South Hants ultrasound
The RSH is part of the University Hospital Southampton. It deals with radiotherapy, chemotherapy patients, surgical outpatients and psychiatry patients. Its ultrasound department deals with many types of examinations, with referral from GPs, outpatients and inpatients.
It is a busy two-roomed department.
Where is the RSH situated in Southampton?
The RSH is located in the St Mary's area of Southampton, close to the city centre.
The address is:
Royal South Hants Hospital
Where is the ultrasound department in the hospital?
The ultrasound department is located within the radiology department.
This can be found on level B.
The department is open from 8.30am to 5pm.
If you have any queries or problems on the day of your appointment, you can get in touch with the ultrasound team through the radiology reception on 023 8054 0160.
For appointment bookings, cancellations or changes, please phone 203 8120 4015.
Types of ultrasound examinations available
The RSH performs a wide variety of ultrasound examinations. These include:
General abdominal ultrasound
Ultrasound is particularly suited to look at the soft tissue organs within the abdomen. These include the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, pancreas as well as the large blood vessel such as the aorta.
It is not particularly suited to looking at the stomach or intestines, which are imaged by other methods.
Ultrasound tells us about the size and texture of these organs and about the presence of stones.
Sometimes the views can be limited by the amount of gas within the loops of bowel within the abdomen.
The kidneys and bladder are well seen with ultrasound and for this type of examination you will be asked to attend with a full bladder.
Ultrasound rather than X-rays will often be the first line of investigation of aunt problems thought to be related to the kidneys.
Superficial and small parts ultrasound
This included all those structures in the body that are easily accessible, such as the organs within the neck, muscles and tendons of the limbs.
The probe will usually be placed directly over the area of interest and highly detailed images can be obtained.
Common structures to be looked at are the thyroid gland, muscles of the shoulder and tendons of the knee and ankle.
Breast ultrasound is usually performed as a first line investigation for breast problems in patients under the age of 35. Beyond that age, ultrasound is used to compliment X-ray mammography.
Doppler ultrasound is a mode of ultrasound, which enables visualisation, and assessment of blood flow in the veins and arteries within the body.
For example the arteries within the neck and varicose veins of the lower legs. This type of examination usually takes longer than general ultrasound scans, but the method of scanning is still the same