Ultrasound

At Central Queensland Radiology we have the most up-to-date ultrasound equipment available. Our highly trained sonographers have many years of experience in this field. General ultrasound procedures usually require changing into a gown. No radiation is required and the procedure is extremely safe. For most ultrasound examinations prior preparation is important. Please make sure preparation instructions are followed.

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a type of scan that uses inaudible high-frequency sound waves to create detailed pictures of the body. It is a safe, painless and radiation-free examination that has been used in medicine for well over 50 years. Ultrasound images can be taken during motion, so both still images and video images may be produced. The type of image provided to your doctor will depend upon what is requested, your individual circumstances and the preference of our doctor.

Preparation

Ultrasound examinations of the different body parts may require special preparation, such as fasting or drinking water. It is very important you follow your preparation as it may affect image quality. Please take the time to read the summary of instructions below for the type of ultrasound examination you are to have. Our receptionist will provide you with the necessary instructions when you book your appointment and also answer any queries that you may have.

Female Pelvic & Obstetric Ultrasound

The preparation requirements for female pelvic ultrasounds vary according to age, stage of pregnancy or type of condition requiring investigation.
• Women who are not pregnant and attending for a pelvic gynaecological scan need to have a full bladder, as do pregnant women in the first trimester (first three months).
• Pregnant women at 18-20 weeks also require a full bladder. Beyond are required to drink at least 500mls of water an hour before the scan.
• If you know that you are pregnant with twins, please let us know when booking so that additional time may be allocated.
In addition, an internal or transvaginal examination may be requested by the referring doctor or required at the time of the examination for a closer view of pelvic organs, in particular the ovaries and endometrium (lining of the uterus). Even though an internal scan may be recommended, you naturally have a choice to refuse.

ULTRASOUND EXAMINATION
PREPARATION REQUIRED
Abdomen Fast for 6 hours prior (usually withhold breakfast). Only have small sips of water for any medication that you may be taking. No smoking.
Pelvis, Renal & 1st Trimester Pregnancy 90 minutes prior to the appointment empty your bladder and then drink one litre of water (not coffee or tea), finishing the water at least one hour before the examination. Do NOT empty your bladder until after the examination
2nd and 3rd trimester Pregnancy Drink 500mls of water prior to scan (2nd Trimester) Please advise if having twins
Musculoskeletal (any part of a limb, all joints, muscles) None
Breast, eye, thyroid, penile, scrotum  None
Vascular
- Doppler veins
- Doppler Carotid, Leg & other arteries
- Doppler Aorta & Renal.

None
None

Fast 6 hours. No smoking.
Injection, biopsy or FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration) None

Procedure

Upon arrival at Central Queensland Radiology Clinic, you may be taken to a change room. You may be requested to remove relevant clothing and jewellery and to wear the provided examination gown. The area to be examined will need to be exposed but the rest of you will be covered.
Procedures can take up to 1 hour to conduct with the average time being 20-30 minutes and will be discussed with you at the time of booking.
You will be asked to lie on a couch next to the ultrasound equipment. A sonographer who is accredited with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). captures and prints the requested images using a probe (also known as a transducer) which emits the ultrasound waves. A water-based gel will be spread on the skin of the area being scanned which assists in the transmission of sound waves between the body and probe. The soundwaves are then reflected by the tissues in your body back to the probe. This information is then used to form an image that is used to obtain a diagnosis. You may be required to hold your breath or move into different positions so that the best images can be obtained. The Sonographer will provide you with direction throughout the scan.
On occasion, our radiologist may need to speak with you and come in and scan as well. There is no need for concern, as the radiologist, who is medicolegally responsible for your health and also for the accuracy of the report, must be satisfied that the images captured will answer the question your referring doctor has asked.

Results

A radiologist, a medical doctor specialising in the interpretation of medical images for the purposes of providing a diagnosis, will then review the images and provide a formal written report. If medically urgent, or you have an appointment immediately after the scan to be seen by your doctor or health care provider, Central Queensland Radiology Clinic will instantly have your results ready. Otherwise, the report will be received by your doctor or health care provider within the next 24 hours.

• Please ensure that you make a follow-up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your results.
• You will receive images on the day

REMEMBER ...

• Please bring to the clinic, any prior scans (eg. X-rays, Ultrasounds, MRI, CT) and reports as these will assist the radiologist in assessing your condition.
• If you have any further queries please call Central Queensland Radiology on 4926 9888 – we are happy to help.
• Please note that any referral for a scan is valid at Central Queensland Radiology Clinic, even if it has been written on a referral form from another radiology provider.

For more information go to the following website:
http://www.insideradiology.com.au/pages/view.php?T_id=5