Lumps and Bumps Ultrasound Scan FAQs

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate it if you can give 24 hours notice.

Do I need a referral letter from my GP?

No, you do not need a referral letter for a medical scan. If you come in without a referral letter the report will be emailed to you and you may pass it on to your GP. We do not send reports to a GP if they have not ordered it. If there are urgent findings we will help you arrange a doctor’s visit where you can take the report with you as you may need a referral to a consultant.

What is the preparation for lumps and bumps scan?

There is no preparation for this exam however wearing loose-fitting clothing or a garment that does not cover the lump or can be easily removed is preferred.

What organs are viewed in the lumps and bumps scan?

So if the lump is palpable just the lump and the immediate area surrounding the lump is all that is evaluated. This usually includes superficial muscles and subcutaneous fat.

What can a lump ultrasound see?

The lump ultrasound can identify whether the lump is cystic or if it is more solid like a lipoma or lymph node. We can also identify soft tissue tumors.

What happens during the scan?

The sonographer will have you point out or feel the lump and will place the transducer/camera directly on the area to evaluate it.

How long will the exam take?

The scheduled time for this exam is usually 15-30 minutes.

Who will report my exam?

After the sonographer has completed your exam the images will be sent to a consultant radiologist who will report your scan.

When will I receive my results?

You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination however it is up to the radiologist to make a final report. The formal report will be sent to your GP by post which may take up to 5 days. If you are self-referred it may also take up to 5 days for you to receive the formal report by email. If there are urgent findings the process will be expedited and faxed to your GP within 24 hours.