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Endoanal Ultrasound

Endoanal Ultrasound Scan examines anal canal and surrounding areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan?

An Endoanal Ultrasound Scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to examine the structure and integrity of the anal canal and surrounding muscles.

How long does an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan take?

The actual scanning process takes approximately 10 minutes, but patients should expect to be in the department for around 30 minutes.

Is there any preparation required for an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan?

No special preparation is required for an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan. Patients may eat, drink, and take medications as usual.

Can I eat before an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan?

Yes, you can eat and drink normally before an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan.

Will the Endoanal Ultrasound Scan be painful?

The insertion of the probe may be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.

How much does an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan cost in the UK?

The cost of an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan in the UK is typically around £400.

Can I self-refer for an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan?

Yes, self-referral is an option for an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan, and the process can be completed through platforms like Odycy.

When will I receive the results of my Endoanal Ultrasound Scan?

The results will be sent to the referring consultant, who will then discuss any further treatment options with you.

Are there alternative imaging options to an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan?

Yes, depending on symptoms and the consultant's decision, alternative imaging options like MRI may be considered.

Further Information

Scan Procedure

The Endoanal Ultrasound Scan involves the insertion of a narrow probe into the anal passage. The probe is connected to a screen that allows the physiologist to view images of the area and take pictures of the muscles and surrounding tissues[^5^].

Preparation for the Scan

No special preparation is required for an Endoanal Ultrasound Scan. Patients may eat and drink as normal and continue with any regular medication[^5^].

What to Expect on the Day

The scan itself will take about 10 minutes, but patients should expect to be in the department for at least 30 minutes[^3^]. The insertion of the probe may feel uncomfortable, but it should not be painful[^5^].

After the Scan

After the scan, patients are free to go and can carry on with their regular activities[^3^]. The results of the scan will be sent to the referring consultant, who will make a decision about the need for further treatment[^3^].

Alternative Imaging Options

Alternative imaging options may be considered based on symptoms and the consultant's decision. These could include other types of ultrasound scans or MRI scans.

Additional Resources

For further information or support related to the Endoanal Ultrasound Scan, patients can contact the GI/Lung Function Department at Cheltenham General Hospital[^3^].

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4461932/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6465178/
  3. https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/your-visit/patient-information-leaflets/endoanal-ultrasound-scan/
  4. https://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(22)02167-6/fulltext
  5. https://thefunctionalgutclinic.com/helping-you/diagnostic-tests/endo-anal-ultrasound-3d/

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