Ultrasound is a technique using sound waves reflected back from tissues in the body to create an image. The sound waves are of high frequency and cannot be heard by the human ear. The sound waves are emitted and received by a transducer placed upon the skin, a clear gel used between the skin and transducer to assist sound transmission.
There is no radiation involved, and there are no known harmful effects.
Ultrasound is especially used in obstetrics and gynaecology, assessing soft tissues such as muscles and tendons, and in investigation of the abdominal organs, amongst other things.
Booking your appointment
Please call our friendly staff on 8402 0200. You may request a site convenient to you, otherwise the booking staff can suggest your nearest location.
What to bring
- Radiology referral
- Medicare card
- Healthcare / Concession card (if applicable)
- Previous relevant imaging
- Other relevant documents
Preparation for your study
Our staff will explain any relevant preparation with you over the phone at the time of booking. The following preparation instructions are a reminder:
Upper abdominal ultrasound
Do not eat, drink or smoke for six hours before your appointment.
Pelvic, renal and obstetric ultrasound
A full bladder is required. Drink 1 litre of water, finishing at least 1 hour before your appointment. Do not empty your bladder.
Please understand that photography and video recordings during obstetric examinations are not permitted.
Vascular ultrasound, soft issues, thyroid gland
No preparation required.
Most ultrasound studies require 10 - 30 minutes, depending on the region being examined. More complex examinations may take a little longer. Please arrive at your appointment time, or at the time instructed when booking.
Our staff will discuss pricing with you at the time of booking. Radiology SA bulk bills all healthcare and concession card holders.
Results will be forwarded to your practitioner.
Your referring practitioner is the primary person responsible for discussing the examination results with you, and any associated implications. They are best placed to explain the findings in the context of your presentation and past medical history.