Ultrasound

Your doctor may call for an ultrasound to examine your organs. This medical test, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images of your organs from inside your body.

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Ultrasound Patient Information

Your doctor has requested an ultrasound. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound uses a machine to create images that allow various organs in the body to be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves which reflect off body structures.

A computer receives reflected waves and uses them to create a picture. The procedure is quite safe and uses no radiation. This is why it can be used during pregnancy.

What happens when I have an ultrasound?
You may be asked to change into a gown and to lie down for the procedure. A clear, water-based gel is applied to the skin over the area being examined to help produce high quality images. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the area being examined. You may be asked to perform simple movements to improve quality of the imaging.
Are there any special instructions to be followed before an ultrasound?

Preparation for your procedure will depend on the body region being examined.

  • Please read any instructions given to you by Xplore Radiology or your GP/ Specialist.
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing that enables easy access to the area being scanned.

If your infant or child is having an ultrasound, please contact us so that you are given the instructions that are appropriate to your child’s age.

Preparations for each region vary – You will be informed at time of booking what applies to your exam.

Abdomen ultrasound
You will be asked to fast (nothing to eat or drink) for 8 hours prior to the test. This allows the organs to be seen more clearly and is especially important if we are to examine your gallbladder.

Pelvis ultrasound
This examination may be performed internally, externally or both.
You will need to drink a specified amount of water, one hour prior to the exam.
Do not go to the toilet after drinking the fluid.

Renal (kidney related) ultrasound
You will need to fast for 2 hours and drink a specified amount of water, one hour prior to the exam.
Do not go to the toilet after drinking the fluid.

Appointment time
Please be on time. We endeavor to run to schedule. Unfortunately, emergencies can sometimes cause delays. We ask for your understanding in these situations.

How long does a procedure take?
Generally, an ultrasound examination will take approximately 30 minutes, depending on the region being examined. Some studies are more detailed and require a longer scanning time of approximately 60 minutes.
How do I get my results?

Your GP or specialist will be sent a written report. Please arrange an appointment with your doctor so they can explain the results to you.

Please bring any previous images with you when you attend for your examination.

Book your appointment at a location near you.

Leeton

79A Kurrajong Avenue Leeton, NSW, 2705
Phone: (02) 6953 4644
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Narellan

30 Queen Street Narellan, NSW, 2567
Phone: (02) 4648 4415
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Griffith

119-121 Yambil Street Griffith, NSW, 2680
Phone: (02) 6962 3335
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Leppington

5 Emerald Hills Boulevard Leppington, NSW, 2179
Phone: (02) 8073 7834
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Leeton

79A Kurrajong Avenue Leeton, NSW, 2705
Phone: (02) 6953 4644
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Narellan

30 Queen Street Narellan, NSW, 2567
Phone: (02) 4648 4415
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Griffith

119-121 Yambil Street Griffith, NSW, 2680
Phone: (02) 6962 3335
Email: info@xrad.com.au

Leppington

5 Emerald Hills Boulevard Leppington, NSW, 2179
Phone: (02) 8073 7834
Email: info@xrad.com.au

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