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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.
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:
Below is some more detailed information about what to expect during your exam and In Focus Ultrasound scans.
You will need to make an appointment for all Ultrasound scans.
Please bring any previous films from other practices with you to your appointment.
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.
Highly specialised medical professionals called Sonographers perform ultrasound exams. The reporting Radiologist may also attend on the examination. 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 stress. 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 or stop your examination and you may do so if you wish at any point in time.
It is important that you make an appointment to return to your doctor after your visit with us. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to correlate your results 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 24 hours. You will also be given an electronic copy of your images.
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.
Depending on the type of examination you are having there may be some preparation involved. For specific preparation requirements click on the type of scan you are booked in for:
*Excludes obstetric ultrasounds if booked on a Saturday.
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We understand that medical procedures can sometimes be overwhelming, but please feel free to call our friendly staff to discuss any of your questions or concerns ahead of your appointment.
Please note that although we are happy to answer questions, you will need to discuss the results of your procedure directly with your referrer.