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Ultrasound comprises high-frequency soundwaves that are inaudible to humans.

In medical ultrasound, a handheld probe produces soundwaves that penetrate the structures of the body, and the returning echoes are displayed as images. It is used to visualise the internal organs, vessels and soft tissues of the body. It is also used in obstetric ultrasound to asses the foetus at varying stages of pregnancy.

Ultrasound is a painless test. Warm gel is used on the skin surface and the probe gently moved over this area. Your scan will be performed by a senior sonographer, consultant radiologist or consultant obstetrician.

All patients are required to have an appropriate referral from their GP, consultant or midwife and appointments made accordingly.

Useful contacts Poole Hospital:

Obstetric ultrasound: 0300 019 2704

Useful contacts Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals:

Ultrasound: 0300 019 4512

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