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Ultrasound Unit

Service Description:

The Ultrasound Unit at The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital provides an ophthalmic diagnostic service using ultrasonography.

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 abnormalities.

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 glaucoma.
  • Colour Doppler Imaging - this looks at blood flow within the eye and can help to make a diagnosis. It is combined with diagnostic ultrasound.



Dr Cindy Tromans


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 visit.

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