Ultrasound is a type of scanning that uses sound waves (not X-rays) to look inside the body. 

Typical scans: 

  • Pregnancy scans including
    • Nuchal Translucency (NT) scans
    • Early pregnancy scans
    • Fetal anomaly screening
    • Third trimester scans and amniocentesis
  • Thyroid scans including biopsies
  • Scans for gallstones
  • Scans to identify gynaecological issues
  • Prostate examinations
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) scans
  • Scans for abdominal pains
  • Scans for children (Paediatrics)
  • Fertility scans


This depends upon the nature of the scan - please see 'Contact' below.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm*
Saturday and Sunday Closed*

* Occasionally, weekend and evening services are provided 

What to expect  

  1. You will be given information in advance of your scan, which prepares you for your particular examination for example, coming to the hospital with a full bladder. 
  2. When you arrive, please report to reception where you will be asked to take a seat in our waiting area. 
  3. You will then be called to the examination room and asked to adjust your clothing (if necessary) to allow for the examination and asked to lie on the examination couch. 
  4. The Sonographer or Radiologist will apply warm gel to the area of skin being examined and will move an ultrasound probe across the surface of your skin.
  5. At the end of your examination, you will be asked to wipe gel from your skin.
  6. The results of your scan will be sent to the Doctor who requested approximately a week later.


General scans

Tel: 01793 605049

Location: Great Western Hospital - ground floor (please see Floor plan).

Routine maternity scans

Tel: 01793 604822

Location: Great Western Hospital - Women's Health Outpatients, second floor (please see Floor plan).

Early pregnancy scans

Tel: 01793 605257

Location: Great Western Hospital - Maternity Services, second floor (please see Floor plan).

Further information

Please see the NHS website: Ultrasound scans.