Southampton General Hospital ultrasound

Our ultrasound department at Southampton General Hospital performs a wide variety of ultrasound examination.

  • Find us in the radiology department on C level - come in through the main entrance to the hospital, walk to the end of the row of shows, turn left, and radiology is along the corridor on the left.
  • Our opening hours are 9am to 5pm.
  • Call us on 023 8120 6079.

Types of ultrasound examinations

We peform 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.

Endocavity scans

Ultrasound can be used to look at the prostate and anal sphincter. A small probe is inserted into the anus and lower rectum - this is usually no more than slightly uncomfortable. Placing the probe close to the area of interest increases the image quality and the detail than the organs can be examined in.

Biopsies under ultrasound guidance

Ultrasound can be used to guide a biopsy - taking a small tissue sample from within the body.

You will usually receive special instructions if you're having this procedure, as sometimes you need to stay in the department afterwards - the length of time depends on the procedure.

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.