An ultrasound scan is an examination that uses high frequency sound waves to generate images of internal body structures.
Ultrasound is commonly used in a wide range of areas including abdominal, cardiac, obstetrics and gynaecology, vascular, musculoskeletal, and other soft tissue areas of the body.
Depending on the area to be scanned you may be asked to follow special instructions.
The preparation may include drinking fluids or fasting before your test. Our booking consultants will advise you if any special preparation is required upon scheduling your appointment.
You may be asked to change into a gown depending on the area of the body being scanned.
The Sonographer performing the examination may begin by taking a history of your complaint. Ultrasound gel will then be applied to the area of interest and an ultrasound transducer will be used to scan the relevant anatomy.
For each body area there is a routine series of images that will be sought. There may be times when the sonographer scans areas that are not tender to build up a complete understanding of your complaint and to look for causes of referred pain.
Our Radiologist will review the images and issue a report. Once completed, the report will be sent electronically to your referring health professional.
There are no associated side effects with ultrasound examination.
Most ultrasound examinations take about 30 minutes, but specific obstetric ultrasounds can take up to an hour.