What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is offered at our Fairfield, South Melbourne and Monbulk practices.
An ultrasound, also known as ultrasonography, is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. During an ultrasound examination, a small handheld device called a transducer is used to emit sound waves into the body. These waves bounce off internal structures, and the returning echoes are captured by the transducer. The information from the echoes is then processed to generate real-time images of the organs, tissues, or blood flow being examined.
Ultrasound imaging is non-invasive, does not involve ionising radiation, and is considered safe for various medical applications. It is commonly used for pregnancy monitoring, abdominal and pelvic imaging, cardiac imaging, muscoskeletal imaging, vascular imaging, breast imaging, and guidance for certain medical procedures such as biopsies, injections, or the placement of catheters.
The real-time nature of ultrasound allows for dynamic imaging, making it valuable for observing movement and function within the body. Additionally, it is a versatile and widely accessible imaging modality used in various medical specialties.
What can I expect during an Ultrasound?
You will be requested to either sit or lie on the examination bed, exposing the area to be examined. A gel will be applied to the skin, and it is easily wiped off after the examination.
Following this, the sonographer will gently place the transducer onto the area, applying slight pressure. The transducer is then moved across the area using a sliding and rotating motion to project the image onto the screen. The sonographer captures still photographs from the dynamic images on the screen.
The duration of an ultrasound appointment varies depending on the area being examined. Our reception staff will provide you with an approximate time when you schedule your appointment.
What do I need to prepare or do prior to my Ultrasound appointment?
You may be required to consume a substantial amount of water to fill your bladder, or fastfrom food and fluids, depending on the type of ultrasound examination your doctor prescribed. Any required preparations will be communicated with you when you schedule your appointment.
What do you need to bring to your appointment?
- Your referral form - please note we accept all referral forms from all providers
- Medicare card
- Pension or concession card
- Any prior imaging
When can my doctor expect to receive the results?
The results of your examination will be analysed by our radiologist and promptly forwarded to your doctor. Following the receipt of the results, your doctor will assess and discuss them with you.
Fees and Billing
As a radiology provider with a community focus, we bulk bill to Medicare in many cases. However, please confirm with your specific practice before your appointment.