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Ultrasound (RMCH)

Introduction

The ultrasound area within Children's x-ray has its own waiting area and three examination rooms. It provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging for paediatric patients carried out by paediatric radiologists and sonographers. Routine referrals for imaging should be made directly to the department via ICE. Urgent requests need to be discussed with a paediatric consultant radiologist.

Procedures Done in the Department

The department provides a variety of ultrasound imaging for multiple specialities. The range includes:

  • routine screening examinations
  • symptomatic and non symptomatic follow up examinations
  • diagnosis of new patient presentations
  • assessment of vessels using Doppler
  • guidance for biopsies and drainage

When required, the department provides mobile ultrasound for those patients unable to come to the department or having surgical procedures in theatre.

The video is a brief overview of an examination/scan that will be performed and may not be the exact equipment or technique that is used on the patient's attendance. Patient's may be positioned differently, depending on the body part being imaged, and the scan will take longer than demonstrated in the video.


Admission Information

By referral

Relatives and Escorts

Carers are allowed to accompany the patient into the ultrasound room as well as escorts from the ward. If patients are attending the department outside of core hours, they need to be accompanied by a member of nursing staff.

If necessary siblings can also come in to the examination room but we would expect that the accompanying parent would ensure their safety and that they do not touch any of the equipment.

The department does not allow the photography of any ultrasound images to be taken. As with patient notes, should anyone wish to obtain a copy of any ultrasound images then this should be formally requested via the Trust legal department.

Location(s)

Within Children's Radiology, Ground floor, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Contact Details

During core hours:

Main Reception: 0161 701 4000

Ultrasound room: 0161 701 4032

Additional Support

For patients who may benefit from play specialist support this needs to be specified on the request card so that a referral can be made to that service prior to an out patient scan appointment being made.

Additional Information

Infection Control: the department adheres to the Trusts Infection Control standards and balances these along with their own Radiation Protection rules. Please ensure that radiology staff members are made fully aware of a patient's infection control status prior to them attending the department.