Altrincham has a small ultrasound department currently
performing approx 5,000 examinations per year. There is 1
ultrasound room which has a state of the art ultrasound machine
capable of performing routine ultrasound examinations including
general abdominal , gynaecological scanning, MSK and carotid
Doppler. The department also provides the ultrasound service for
referrals from all Trafford GP's.
Procedures Done in the Department
The department performs all abdominal, pelvic and small
parts examinations and a MSK service is also provided.
All examinations are performed following referral via ICE
(e-order system). This includes full GP access. Examinations are
prioritised by the clinical details provided and these should
include all relevant information including any previous significant
history eg. operations, cancer.
Relatives and Escorts
For non obstetric examinations, relatives and escorts (non
medical) are not routinely allowed in the examination room, only at
the discretion of the sonographer.
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
Several different preparations are required depending on the
examination and the age of the patient (adult/child):
- Upper abdomen requires the patient to be starved for 6
- Renal tract and pelvis examinations need the patient to have a
very full bladder (to drink at least 2 pints of fluid approx 1 hour
Altrincham General, Radiology Department, Ground Floor
8.30am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Tel 0161 746 2001/2607 for appointment enquires
Fax 0161 746 2732
Urgent cases should be preferably discussed directly with the
department in person
This is a sonographer led service with a department staffed by
fully qualified CASE accredited HPC registered sonographers, with
support from consultant radiologists.
The department also has several radiographic assistants (RDAs)
who support the clinical staff and a dedicated administration team
provides essential non-clinical support.
The department has a commitment to provide teaching to