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Ultrasound scans

 

 

What is an ultrasound scan?

An Ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the body. A probe is moved across your skin surface, which produces an image on a screen.

 

You must bring your Request form

We can't legally perform any scan without a Request form from your Doctor, so you must bring this with you.

We also need your Medicare card and any old films or CDs you have of previous scans. 

 

Who will scan me?

A highly trained technician called a Sonographer will perform your scan. A specialist Radiologist may also be present to perform some of your scan.

 

How do I prepare?

It is very important that you tell the receptionist if you have diabetes when booking your scan because this may affect your preparation.

 

To prepare for your scan you may need to:

- Drink water prior to your scan so your bladder is full

- Fast for a number of hours before your scan

- Change into a patient gown for your scan

 

What happens during the examination?

You will be asked to lie on a couch. A gel is applied to your skin to help the sound waves transmit from the probe.

The procedure is painless and harmless. Most scans take 20 to 40 minutes.

 

If you have any questions please ask our friendly receptionists.