Information for Patients
About the scan
An Echocardiogram is a specialised Ultrasound of your heart. A specialist Cardiac Sonographer will perform imaging of your heart from various angles to gather all the information for your referring doctor and the Cardiologist reporting the study.
These examinations can provide information about the function of the heart, the motion of the chamber walls, the valves and vessels leading in and out of your heart and more.
Ultrasound makes use of high frequency sound waves to produce images of the body. There is no ionising radiation from Ultrasound.
Information we need before booking your appointment
We will require your referral from your Doctor. Our Admin team will ask you to complete some paperwork, so we have all your important details on file.
For Echocardiograms, you will be required to make an appointment.
How to prepare before the scan
You will be given all the information about preparation at the time you make your booking.
When you arrive for your scan you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your cardiac and medical history. Your Cardiac Sonographer will go over this form with you in the Ultrasound room and answer all your questions.
What to expect during the scan
Our experienced Sonographers will take the time to explain the procedure to you. You may be required to change into a gown prior to the examination.
You will be asked to lie down on the Ultrasound bed and will have ecg leads to monitor your heartbeat attached to your chest.
During your scan you will need to remain still and will be asked to hold your breath at certain stages.
Time to complete the scan
Echocardiograms will typically take approximately 30mins to complete.
What to do after the scan
Our friendly clinical team members will direct you back to a change room and then on to the Front Reception from where you will be free to leave if you have completed all your examinations.
At ClinRad, like all private radiology practices, our billing is governed by Medicare and the rebates they provide.
Unlike other private radiology clinics though, ClinRad will always aim to Bulk Bill you for any Echocardiograms possible, provided you have a valid Medicare card.
Please ask us for a quote at the time of booking.
About the results
Your images and report are sent to your referring Doctor. We recommend that you make an appointment with them to discuss your results.
About the equipment
At ClinRad we use the most up-to-date Ultrasound systems on the market. This helps us to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality images.
Safety and individual suitability of the scan
Our experienced Sonographers and Radiologist will always work with you and your referring practitioner to ensure you are having the imaging procedure that will provide the most relevant information.