Frequently Asked Questions
What is ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan (also known as sonography), is a medical test that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body, such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs. A health professional will refer you for an ultrasound scan as a diagnostic tool to help identify the cause of pain or inflammation, and identify any disease. It can also be used to monitor the growth and development of your unborn baby.
What are the benefits of having an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is safer than other imaging modalities as it does not use radiation. It uses sound waves rather than x-rays to produce the image. It is generally more accessible and cheaper than other imaging modalities. It provides fast and accurate diagnostic information.
How long does an ultrasound take?
Depending on the type of ultrasound you are having done, scans last between 20-45min. Please see our Services page for more specific information.
How do I prepare?
Preparation depends on the area or organ that is being examined. Certain scans require specific preparation. For example, some scans require you to fast for 6 hours before the scan, and some scans require you to have a full bladder. You should be advised about specific preparation when you book your appointment. For more information please click on the scan you are having on our homepage.
What is a transvaginal ultrasound?
Sometimes during a pelvic ultrasound or early obstetric ultrasound , the Sonographer may need to insert a thin transducer probe inside the vagina to get a closer look at the uterus, ovaries and other pelvic structures.
Can I bring a support person?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to bring a support person if this would make you feel more comfortable (subject to current Covid-19 restrictions which will be updated regularly)