The Ultrasound Unit at The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
provides an ophthalmic diagnostic service using
Ultrasonography or ultrasound is a high frequency sound, which
can only be heard and detected via specialist equipment.
Ultrasound waves are able to travel freely through fluid and
soft tissues. When ultrasound waves come into contact with a more
solid surface, the waves are reflected or 'bounced' back.
As the ultrasound waves comes across varying structures or
density, sound waves are retrieved in various strengths.
These waves are then recorded by an ultrasound machine. From
these ultrasound waves, it is possible to determine the size, shape
and consistency of organs, structures and potential
Services offered by the Ultrasound Unit at The Manchester Royal
Eye Hospital include:
- Diagnostic Ophthalmic ultrasound - most commonly used for
looking into the eye when the view is blocked, for example by a
cataract. It can also be used to differentiate moles and tumours at
the back of the eye and when looking for any unusual features of
the optic nerve.
- Ultrasound Biomicroscopy - is a very detailed scan of the
front of the eye. It is used to look at moles or freckles on the
iris and can help to make a diagnosis in some kinds of
- Colour Doppler Imaging - this looks at blood flow within
the eye and can help to make a diagnosis. It is combined with
Ultrasound clinics are usually held on
Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
0161 276 5533
First Floor, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Referral is by GP / Emergency Eye Centre / other hospitals only.
Please remember to bring your referral letter with you on your
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