Ultrasound

Bookings

You will need to make an appointment for all Ultrasound scans.

Please bring any previous films or related imaging with you to your appointment.

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images. The sound waves are transmitted into your body from a small handpiece called an ultrasound probe. Some of these waves are reflected by different structures within your body and processed by the ultrasound machine to form pictures. These pictures are shown on a computer monitor and recorded. Ultrasound has been around for about 60 years now and studies have shown that is a safe technique with no harmful side effects.

What to Expect

The examination will be performed by a sonographer. The reporting Radiologist may also attend on the examination to see your images dynamically (real time). You will be shown into the ultrasound room and asked to either lie down or sit on the ultrasound bed. A warm jelly like substance is then placed on your skin on to the area of interest. This allows good conductivity of the sound waves from the probe into your body. The probe produces sound waves that will form the image. You will not feel or hear the sound waves and there should be no discomfort during the examination apart from a little pressure. You may be asked to hold your breath ñ this is important because when you breath the organs in your body move up and down. When you hold your breath the organs stay still allowing the sonographer to get a better view of them.

The following link is an excellent resource provided by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists® for both Patients and Clinicians about radiology examinations. Please take the time to have a read of this before your examination.

Ultrasound

Below are a few further guidelines specific to our practice.

Consent

The sonographer performing your examination will confirm with you your name, date of birth and the examination they are going to be performing on you. They may also ask you why you believe you are having this test. This is part of the verbal consent process.

If you are having an Interventional Procedure performed or a Female Pelvic Ultrasound, you will be given a detailed consent form for your examination when you arrive.

Due to the restrictions of ideal ergonomics while performing an Ultrasound, the sonographer will often be very close to you in order to protect their shoulder and wrist from damage. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, please either ask for the examination to cease or raise your concerns with the sonographer during the examination. You have the right to refuse your examination and you may do so if you wish at any point in time.

Preparation

Depending on the type of examination you are having there may be some preparation involved. Please click on the most relevant study from the list below for specific preparations or call our practice on 4911 9100 or 4915 7477

Abdominal Ultrasound

Breast Ultrasound

DVT Scans

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound

Nuchal Translucency Study (NT scan)

Obstetrics Ultrasound (excluding Nuchal Translucency studies)

Pelvic Ultrasound (Female)

Pelvic Ultrasound (Male)

Renal Ultrasound

Testicular or Scrotal Ultrasound

Thyroid Ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound

Time

With the exception of obstetrics, a standard scan takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

Sometimes this will be longer if a more complex examination is needed or complications arise.

Questions

We understand having a medical procedure can sometimes be a confusing and worrisome time. We are here to help you, so if you are unsure about any aspect relating to your examination, please raise your concerns with us at any time and we will do our best to assist you.

Although we are happy to answer questions, you will need to discuss the results of your procedure directly with your referrer.

Your Images and Report

It is important that you make an appointment to return to your doctor after your visit with us. Whether the results are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to correlate this with other information for further management.

Depending on your referrer’s preference(s), a copy of the report and images will be sent directly to your referring doctor within 2 business days. You will also be given a copy of your images on film or CD for your own records.

In urgent circumstances, our specialist will speak with your doctor directly by telephone the same day of your examination.

Digital copies of all studies are stored on our secured database for comparison with any future examinations.