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
Both units at Poole Hospital are equipped with up-to-date
high-resolution scanners, two of which were purchased by the Poole
Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust.
All patients are required to have an appropriate referral from
their GP, consultant or midwife and appointments made
Location: Lower ground floor, main hospital
Scans performed include abdominal, pelvic, musculo-skeletal,
small parts, paediatric and vascular studies including DVT scans
and early pregnancy scans.
Special procedures are also carried out including biopsies and
Location: Maternity unit, St Mary’s Road
Scans performed include eight-week reassurance scans,
12-week/nuchal translucency screening, 18-20 week routine anomaly,
fetal growth scans and dating scans.
Specialist procedures performed by consultant obstetricians
include CVS and amniocentesis.
Pictures are available at 12-week scans and cost ₤5.
To find out more about
antenatal services, click here