Southampton General ultrasound

Where is the Southampton General Hospital situated in Southampton?

The hospital is situated in the Shirley area of Southampton.
The hospital address is
Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 5YA

Where is the ultrasound department in the hospital?

The ultrasound department is located within the radiology department.

This can be found on C level. This is on the same level as the main entrance. As you enter the building, walk down to the end of the row of shops, turn left and radiology can be found up the corridor on the left.

Book in at the main reception and they will direct you to the ultrasound waiting area.

Opening times and contact information

The department is open from 9am to 5pm.

Direct telephone number is 023 8120 6079

Types of ultrasound examinations available.

Southampton General Hospital performs a wide variety of ultrasound examination. 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 of the abdomen 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.

Renal scans

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 any problems thought to be related to the kidneys.

Superficial and small parts ultrasound

This includes 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.

Endocavity scans

For example the prostate and anal sphincter.

With these types of scan, a small probe is inserted into the anus and lower rectum. The size of the probe is no bigger than a finger and will usually be no more than slightly uncomfortable.

By placing the probe close to the area of interest, the image quality and therefore detail of these organs are greatly increased.

Biopsies under ultrasound guidance

As ultrasound can image many parts of the internal organs of the body in great detail, it is often useful to take small tissue samples from areas within the body under ultrasound guidance.

You will normally receive special instructions related to these procedures, as some require you to stay in the department for the day. Others may require you to wait in the department for up to an hour following a biopsy procedure.

Breast ultrasound

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.