At Saint Mary's Hospital, the ultrasound department conducts
48,000 scans per year on the women who attend as in-patients and
out-patients. We do all the routine work but also, as a teaching
hospital, specialise in certain areas to support the work of the
obstetricians and gynaecologists.
Areas within the Service
Trans-vaginal and transabdominal scans at all stages of
pregnancy and in gynaecology.
The department accepts referrals from all approved staff within
the hospital and, some referrals from GPs.
Relatives and Escorts
Only one adult is allowed to accompany a woman
into the scan room.
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
A full bladder is required for all ultrasound scans in pregnancy
especially at 20 weeks gestation or less; so 1 litre of cold fluid
should be drank at least 1 hour before the scan. A full bladder is
also required for some pelvic ultrasound scans. If the person
referring you for a scan requires a transvaginal scan, they will
explain the procedure to you and you will not require a full
bladder. A trans-vaginal scan is carried out in all early
pregnancy if possible (less than 10 weeks gestation).
Many gynaecological scans also require transvaginal
The department is located on the ground floor of St.
Mary's Hospital at the back of the main atrium.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday. Some patients may
be scanned at a weekend or Bank Holiday from the Emergency Gynae
Unit, IVF and Reproductive Medicine.
Dr Rishi Sethi - Consultant radiologist Gynaecology Oncology
Dr Philip Bullen - Consultant Obstetrician, Lead In Fetal
Dr Kenneth Ma - Consultant Gynaecologist, Lead in Emergency
Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy
Reception: 0161 276 6374 - Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00
Saint Mary's Hospital, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
Lead Sonographers: Lesley Lorimer and Jayne Robinson.
The department is run by a team of sonographers, Radiology
Department Assistants and reception staff.
The main purposes of obstetric scans are for medical
reasons. With regards to the gender of babies, we will only
look and try to see the gender of the baby if asked to, but never
state 100% certainty; this is never the priority of the scan and
will only be assessed on certain scans.
The detection rates for fetal abnormalities on an ultrasound
scan are found on page 34 of the booklet "Screening Tests for You
and Your Baby" which should be given to patients when they book
with their midwife or can also be found on:
Scan photos are available from most obstetric scans and are sold
at £3 each or £5 for two.
The use of mobile phones/cameras is not allowed in the scan
rooms. It is not allowed to take photographs or videos in the scan