WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND SCAN?

An Ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce images of the human  body. The human ear cannot hear the sound waves used in an ultrasound. Ultrasound is painless and harmless.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. Although the Ultrasound scan itself will not take very long, most Ultrasound appointments may require you to attend for as long as 20-30 minutes. We ask if you could please call us to make an appointment or drop past and arrange suitable time.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY ULTRASOUND?

For a Pelvis, Urinary Tract, Renal, and Obstetric ultrasound, you are required to empty your bladder 1 ½ hours prior to appointment, then drink 1 litre (5 cups) of water in the first 30 minutes. This allows your bladder to fill over the remaining hour. If you are worried about travelling with a full bladder, you are welcome to arrive early and drink in our waiting room. 

Please do not empty your bladder again until the scan is complete. It is very important to have a full bladder at the time of your examination.

For an ultrasound of the Abdomen you are required to fast for 6 hours prior to your appointment. You may drink water.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Before your examination please inform us of any information you believe may be relevant to your examination. Please inform us if you:

  • Are diabetic 
  • Require assistance to stand
  • Have had any injuries or surgery to the area being examined
WHAT TO BRING:
  • Referral from your doctor
  • Previous films and/or reports. If you have had a previous examination in any of our practices, these can be electronically retrieved and you do not need to bring them with you.
  • Method of payment including Medicare, Health or Pension Card
  • For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number, and any other relevant details.
WHO WILL DO MY ULTRASOUND?

One of our qualified and accredited Sonographers will perform your ultrasound.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY ULTRASOUND?

You will be asked to lie down on the Ultrasound couch and expose the area that is to be reviewed. The Ultrasound equipment or ‘Transducer’ is placed against the skin and moved as necessary to obtain the appropriate images. You will be asked to hold your breath at intervals. A water-based gel is applied to the skin to allow easy movement of the transducer and assist with image quality. Ultrasound scans are not painful although sometimes added pressure upon the areais needed to obtain the best possible images.

Some pelvic (gynaecological) and pregnancy scans may require an internal scan. This will be explained at the time and only performed with your full consent. 

There are no after affects to any ultrasound scan and you will be able resume normal activity straight after.

 

CONTACT US

Ashfield

9716 3600

Campsie

 8042 3000

Drummoyne

9911 6800

Five Dock

8705 8300

Hurstville

9598 0100

Newtown

8228 9000

North Strathfield

8282 8100

North Sydney (Mater Imaging)

9955 4466
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