Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions
Q: What is Ultrasound?
A: Ultrasound scanning uses high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. These sound waves produce a signal or echo from internal structures and these create an image. You cannot feel these ultrasound waves during the scan. These images are then interpreted by a specialist doctor to diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Q: Why Ultrasound?
A: Ultrasound can be used to examine a wide range of structures in the body, mostly those containing fluid or soft tissue. Ultrasound may not be used on some areas as it cannot pass through bone or gas. Other examinations are better suited to these areas, eg. X-rays, M.R.I.
Q: How much will it cost? Is the scan covered by my health insurance?
A: Please call the clinic for the latest pricing which varies depending on the type of scan you require. Currently, health insurance does not cover the scan but you may be able to partially claim doctor’s fees on tax.
Q: Who will perform my scan?
A: The person performing your scan is a fully accredited, highly qualified and experienced Sonographer with a post graduate degree in Ultrasound. The specialist Doctor, a Radiologist, will interpret the scan to determine the results. You will be asked about your symptoms to ensure the best type of scan is performed.
Q: Is Ultrasound Safe?
A: There are no known harmful effects of medical Ultrasound scans which have been used for over 25 years.However the Sonographer applies techniques to ensure a safe procedure.
Q: What are the Benefits / Advantages of Ultrasound?
A: Most ultrasounds are non-invasive with no needles or injections and are usually painless. Ultrasound uses no ionising radiation. Ultrasound can give clear pictures of certain structures not seen on other techniques. eg. X-rays.
Q: When do I get the results?
A: The Radiologist will interpret the pictures and then inform your doctor within 24 hours. In some cases the results may be discussed with you at the conclusion of your examination. Unfortunately not all abnormalities can be detected by Ultrasound and further testing may be requested by your Doctor.
Q: What happens during the scan?
A: Most scans are painless, quick and easy. Examinations are carried out with you lying on your back on the Ultrasound couch. You may be asked to change into a gown depending on the type of scan being performed. You will be made as comfortable as possible and tissue paper will be used to protect any clothing from the gel. A water based gel is placed on your skin and the ultrasound probe is moved to perform the scan. The scan time and preparation varies depending on the scan type. Some scans are complex and may take over an hour. Most scans take approximately 20 minutes.
Q: What is Doppler Ultrasound?
A: Doppler ultrasound is a particular type of scanning technique used to assess blood vessels.Doppler ultrasound assesses the direction and speed of blood cells as they move through the vessels. It can assess both arteries and veins and is often used to see if there are any blockages, narrowings or blood clots.
Q: Can I bring Family with me for my scan?
A: You may bring family to see the scan but numbers may be limited.
Q: What do I need to do before my scan?
A:This depends on what type of scan you are having.