After an ultrasound scan

In most cases, there are no after-effects and you can go home soon after the scan is finished. If a sedative wasn't used, you can drive, eat, drink and return to your other normal activities straight away.

If you had an endoscopic ultrasound and were given a sedative to help you relax, you'll usuallybe advisedto stay in hospital for a few hours, until the medication starts to wear off. You'll need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital and stay with you for the next 24 hours. You shouldn't drive, drink alcohol or operate machinery during this time.

You may be told the results of your scan soon after it's been carried out, but in most cases the images will need to be analysed and a report will be sent to the doctor who referred you for the scan. They will discuss the results with you a few days later or at your next appointment, if one has been arranged.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018