Ultrasound

An ultrasound examination is performed using a hand held device called a transducer, that is moved across the body with a sliding and rotating action. The transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves into your body.

Sonographer using ultrasound equipment on patient's shoulder
Ultrasound equipment

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound examination is performed using a hand held device called a transducer, that is moved across the body with a sliding and rotating action. The transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves into your body. The sound waves are then reflected from the different tissues in different ways and are converted to electrical impulses, which are used to produce a moving image on the screen.

What types of ultrasound scans are performed at Beyond Radiology?

  • Musculoskeletal
  • General Ultrasound (abdomen, renal, pelvis)
  • Obstetric (Pregnancy)
  • Vascular (DVT and arteries)
  • Paediatric
  • Intervention (Ultrasound Guided Procedures)

What preparation is required?

Preparation for an ultrasound will vary depending on the type of examination requested. Many examinations do not require any preparation. Your preparation requirements will be outlined to you by the booking coordinator.

How is the ultrasound scan performed?

Depending on your scan, you may be required to change into a gown. You will then be positioned accordingly for your scan.

A water-based gel will be applied to the relevant area to ensure that the transducer has adequate contact with your skin. The Sonographer will then use the transducer to obtain different views and record a series of images. This process is generally pain-free, however some pressure may need to be applied to improve the image.

How long will the Ultrasound scan take?

Your scan time will vary depending on the complexity of the requested examination. Most simple ultrasound scans take approximately 15-20 minutes, however more time is required for complex studies.

What is the radiation dose?

Ultrasound uses sound waves only and does not use ionising radiation.

Ultrasound does not have any known risks, side effects or complications and is considered very safe.

How much will the Ultrasound scan cost?

Our booking coordinators will advise you of all costs involved with your Ultrasound prior to your scan.

When will I get my results?

The images obtained from your ultrasound scan are recorded digitally and stored on our system.

The images will be available electronically to your referrer immediately after the ultrasound has been completed by the sonographers.

The images from the scan will then be interpreted by a subspecialist Radiologist who will report the scan then send an authorised report electronically to your referrer.

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