What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a safe and painless way of looking at the blood vessels in your body. It is non-invasive which means that there are no injections or radiation involved. Ultrasound tests provide information that will help in diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders.
The ultrasonic angiology department
The ultrasonic angiology department, established in 1976, provides a diagnostic, clinical vascular ultrasound service for the evaluation of a range of vascular disorders. We perform over 5000 scans per year at Guy's and St Thomas' in the department, on the wards, in outpatient department clinics and in theatres. Scans can also be performed at outreach clinics (Great Ormond Street and Darent Valley Hospital).
The department has eight scanning rooms located at Guy’s (Borough Wing) and St Thomas’ (North Wing). Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment and scans are performed by clinical scientists or clinical vascular ultrasound scientists. We are a training centre and therefore trainees may perform your scan under close supervision.
We are actively involved in vascular research studies.
Our department provides the following services:
One-stop and outreach clinics
We extend our services to support one stop clinics where patients have their scan and see their consultant with the results at the same visit. We also provide the service at outreach sites such as Great Ormond Street Hospital and Darent Valley Hospital.
We run a number of surveillance programmes to ensure the vascular procedures remain open and unblocked. Each programme is tailored to the specific vascular area:
- endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)
- peripheral graft
- carotid endarterectomy (CAE)
- iliac vein stents
Inpatient and outpatient scans
We provide scans for patients who are currently in our hospitals. We perform transcranial doppler (TCD) monitoring during carotid endarterectomy.
We provide scans for patients referred to us by consultants, clinicians and GPs.
NHS AAA screening programme
We provide training and questions and answers for the NHS AAA screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysm in the community.
We provide training in vascular ultrasound through the following:
- NHS scientist training programme – employed for three years on work-based training (MSc vascular ultrasound)
- in-house training programme – employed for two years on work-based training (PG certificate in vascular ultrasound).