Royal South Hants ultrasound

Our ultrasound department at the Royal South Hants (RSH) deals with many types of examinations, seeing inpatients and outpatients as well as those referred by a GP.

  • Find us within the radiology department, on level B
  • Our opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm
  • Call us on 023 8054 0160 (radiology reception at RSH) for queries or problems on the day of your appointment. For appointment bookings, cancellations or changes, please call 023 8120 4015.

Types of ultrasound examinations

We perform a wide variety of ultrasound examinations.

General abdominal ultrasound

Ultrasound can be used to look at the soft tissue organs within the abdomen such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys and pancreas as well as the large blood vessel such as the aorta. Ultrasound tells us about the size and texture of these organs, and about the presence of stones.

Renal scans

The kidneys and bladder can be seen well with ultrasound and for this type of examination you will be asked to attend with a full bladder.

Superficial and small parts ultrasound

This includes all the structures in the body that are easily accessible, such as the organs within the neck, muscles and tendons of the limbs. The thyroid gland, shoulder muscles and knee and ankle tendons are particularly common.

The probe will usually be placed directly over the area of interest, and gives very detailed images.

Breast ultrasound

Breast ultrasound is usually performed as a first line investigation for breast problems in patients under the age of 35. After 35, ultrasound is used to compliment x-ray mammography.

Doppler ultrasound

Doppler ultrasound allows visualisation and assessment of blood flow in the veins and arteries within the body, such as 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 the same.