ULTRASOUND

ULTRASOUND

Reflected sound waves are used to image the soft tissues of your body. Ultrasound can be used to image the abdomen, pelvis (including obstetrics and gynaecology), blood vessels and musculoskeletal soft tissues. Ultrasound is an extremely safe and painless procedure.

What to Bring:

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Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.

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Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined

Before

PREPARATION | ABDOMEN ULTRASOUND

Instructions on how to prepare for the test will be provided when you arrange the appointment. In general, there is a period of fasting for about 6 hours, however medications may be taken with a sip of water.

PREPARATION | RENAL/PELVIC ULTRASOUND

Instructions on how to prepare for the test will be provided when you arrange the appointment. In general, you will be asked to empty your bladder, drink water and then hold your bladder for 1-2 hours prior to the test.

During

You may be asked to change into a gown. A clear jelly is applied to the skin and a small plastic probe is moved over the skin above the area being examined. Multiple images are taken throughout the exam. The Sonographer will be with you throughout the scan and will usually ask questions about your medical history and the reason for the examination so that the optimal examination is carried out.

To get the best images can be very challenging and requires considerable time and concentration by the Sonographer. With consent, an internal examination may be performed during a female pelvic ultrasound.

How long does it take?

An ultrasound takes approx 15-60 minutes depending on the complexity.

After

There are no restrictions after having an Ultrasound.

After your examination, the images from your study will be printed and given to you. A report, along with access to the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. WiSe Radiology will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

It is important that you return to your referring doctor promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

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