An ultrasound is an examination using high-frequency sound waves to create images and does not involve radiation. A sonographer performs the procedure.
Preparation for your procedure will depend on the type of Ultrasound and the body area being scanned. Our most common examinations and preparations are listed below.
Assess the gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and aorta.
Preparation: Fast (nil by mouth) six hours before your appointment. Different preparation for paediatrics ─ please ask our staff when booking an appointment.
Fetal or Obstetric Ultrasound
Musculoskeletal or Breast Ultrasound
Pelvic or Transvaginal Ultrasound
Renal Artery Doppler Ultrasound
Vascular or Carotid / Deep Vein Ultrasound
North Shore Radiology and Nuclear Medicine offers a dedicated paediatric ultrasound service. We have several radiologists who specialise in paediatric ultrasound imaging.
Our most common scans are:
|Abdominal||0-6 years: no preparation
6 years and older: 3 hour fast
|Renal||0-3 years: well hydrated
4 years and older: 3 glasses of water
|Paediatric Hips||Well-fed prior to appointment|
Ultrasound exams generally take between 15 and 60 minutes; however, this may vary depending on the complexity of the examination.
After entering the examination room, the sonographer will ask you some brief questions concerning your medical history and current symptoms. You will be asked to lie on an examination table and the sonographer will apply a gel to the skin. A transducer is moved across the area to be imaged while watching a continuous image on a computer screen and images are recorded. No discomfort is usually felt during the examination.
It is not unusual for the radiologist to come in and speak with you and view the images on the screen.
A radiologist will interpret all images produced during the examination, and the results will be forwarded to your doctor.
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