Information for Patients
About the scan
Ultrasound makes use of high frequency sound waves to produce images of the body. A Sonographer will use a transducer to show anatomy in ‘real time’. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose a wide range of soft-tissue abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, neck and limbs.
There is no ionising radiation from an Ultrasound and hence makes it the imaging method of choice in pregnancy and children.
Ultrasound also allows for very accurate needle positioning for thyroid and other fine needle biopsies and a wide range of musculoskeletal injections.
Information we need before booking your appointment
We will require your referral from your Doctor and your Medicare Card. Our Admin team will ask you to complete some paperwork, so we have all your important details on file.
For Ultrasounds you will be required to make an appointment as there is often preparation involved.
How to prepare before the scan
You will be given all the information about preparation at the time you make your booking. Depending on the area of your body being scanned you may need to fast for several hours, fill your bladder etc.
When you arrive, you may be asked to fill out a questionnaire and could be required to change into a gown. Your Sonographer will show you to a change room if required and answer any questions you have.
What to expect during the scan
Depending on the region of your body being scanned, you may be asked to lie down on a bed or be in a seated position. The Sonographer will explain the process to you before commencing your scan and be sure to get all the relevant information from you. They will then squeeze some ultrasound gel onto the relevant part of your body and used a transducer (probe held in their hand) to produce the images. As part of the scan, your Sonographer may be required to push the transducer against you or ask you to hold your breath. If you are uncomfortable at any stage, please let them know.
Time to complete the scan
Ultrasound scan length will vary depending on the region being scanned. Typically, an ultrasound will take between 20-30 minutes.
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 Ultrasound scan 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 one of the most up-to-date Ultrasound Scanners on the market. This helps us to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality images, with the lowest possible radiation dose.
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.