An Ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of soft tissues (eg. muscles, glands) and organs inside the body (eg. kidneys). The non-audible sound passing into your body is safe because it doesn’t use radiation. That is why Ultrasound is often used for monitoring the growing child in pregnancy.
Ultrasound equipment uses a specialised handheld camera (Transducer) which the operator (Sonographer) places against your skin and moves around the area being imaged. The transducer emits sound and detects the returning echoes from the target area and this information is converted to a moving image displayed on a screen.
You will be asked to sit or lie down with the area to be scanned exposed.
The operator puts a saline based gel on the area of your body to be scanned to ensure the transducer makes good contact with the surface of the body. The transducer is then held against the area for imaging and moved around to give different views. This is generally not painful, although some pressure may need to be applied to improve visualisation, particularly in the abdomen and tenderness due to probe pressure can be a useful finding for your doctor . You may be required to breathe in deeply to allow your organs to be seen adequately or in order to keep your organs still for a short amount of time. Intermittently you may hear pulsing noises coming from the ultrasound machine if you are having your blood vessels tested but these are not loud.
The operator watches the Ultrasound image on a monitor as they move the transducer around and still images can be recorded.
Usually ultrasound examinations are completed within 30 minutes. When the examination is complete, you may be asked to dress and wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed.
1st trimester pregnancy ultrasound scans for dating (0-12 weeks), 2nd trimester scans (19 weeks scan) and 3rd trimester growth scan is routinely done at all practices.
Nuchal translucency scan done at 12 weeks is not done at any of our practices.
Yes, please call your local practice to make an appointment.
At Lakemba Radiology, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver first class services within the health system using Bulk billing methodology. This means that your X-ray will be bulked billed if you have your medicare card and a practitioners referrals. If in doubt please seek advice from your referring medical professional.
If you have a referral to another imaging practice or organisation we can still assist you as we put you the patient first and accept all referrals. If in doubt please seek advice from your referring medical professional.
Additional referral information can be found here.
We have a state of the art medical imaging practices that provide Ultrasound services in Lakemba area. Please see out contact page for details and whereabouts.
If you have been referred for an Ultrasound Scan by your doctor, please contact the practice that is most convenient for you either by phone or in person to make a booking and confirm the preparation. Some ultrasound scans do not require any preparation whereas for other ultrasound scans, the preparation is of utmost importance in order to ensure that the most thorough scan can be performed.
Lakemba Radiology offers the highest quality Imaging Services in the Canterbury Bankstown region. We are the leaders in Bulk Billing with the real benefit of no ‘Out of Pocket’ expenses for you.