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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a very safe and accurate investigative tool used to assess many organs in the body.

Overview

Synergy Radiology uses the latest imaging ultrasound systems providing enhanced image quality for medical imaging diagnosis in a wide range of areas including abdominal, obstetrics and gynaecology, vascular, musculoskeletal and other soft tissue areas of the body.  We have female radiographers and sonographers sensitive to the needs of femalae patients.It is the sonographer’s duty to perform the test and ensure the images are of high quality for the radiologist (specialist doctor) to interpret them.

Preparing for an Ultrasound

Please bring your referral (letter from your doctor) and your Medicare and/or Pension Health care card with you to your appointment. It is important to bring all previous imaging relating to the region being imaged. Please ensure that you are on time for your appointment to ensure there is sufficient time available to perform the procedure.

Depending on the area to be scanned you may be asked to follow special instructions. Continue to take all your usual medications.

Pelvis, lower abdomen, kidney or bladder ultrasounds require you to have a full bladder.

Gynaecological and Pregnancy ultrasounds require you to have a full bladder. In some instances an internal ultrasound is required and is performed with an empty bladder. The sonographer will discuss this option with you.

Upper abdominal ultrasounds such as liver, gallbladder or pancreas require you to fast (i.e. no eating, drinking or smoking for six hours prior to the examination). If you are a diabetic, please discuss this with our bookings staff.

Musculoskeletal ultrasounds (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, hand and wrist, hip, thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot) usually require no special preparation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask our staff.

Scanning

You will not feel any pain or discomfort. Your procedure will usually take between 20 and 30 minutes.

Results

Results may be provided electronically to your referrer.

Synergy Radiology strongly advises that you return to your practitioner, in order for your doctor to discuss your radiology report with you.

FAQs

Can the sonographer check other areas I am concerned about?
No.Please discuss with the sonographer any questions or concerns you may have as they may aid in your diagnosis.

Can I eat before having a pelvic/obstetric ultrasound?

Can I have a female sonographer/technician to perform the scan?
We have female radiographers and sonographers sensitive to the needs of female patients.

What is the difference between a nuchal translucency scan and an obstetric ultrasound?
There are many reasons why a doctor would refer for an obstetric ultrasound, these can include:

A nuchal translucency scan is an ultrasound usually performed between 11th to 13th week of pregnancy. It is a screening process (ultrasound and blood test) to assess the risk for your baby of certain chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome. For more detailed information please see our page on Nuchal Translucency.

Will the sonographer performing my scan tell me what’s wrong?
It is the sonographer’s duty to perform the test and ensure the images are of high quality for the radiologist (specialist doctor) to interpret them.

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