St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Pregnancy Ultrasound

What you need to do to prepare for a Pregnancy ultrasound

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will require an appointment
  • Specific preparation instructions will be given to you at the time of booking
  • Advise booking staff of any medical conditions where the preparation may interfere with the usual medical recommendations
  • Continue to take your medications
  • Bring all previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment

What will happen when you have your examination

  • You may be asked to change into a gown
  • You will lie on a couch for the majority of the test
  • The sonographer will apply a water based gel to your skin – this allows the transmission of the sound waves and facilitates movement of the ultrasound probe
  • You may be asked specific questions as they scan and take pictures

As with most imaging techniques the exact procedure will vary slightly depending on the area you are having scanned.  Transvaginal ultrasounds will require a written consent to be signed.

Your report and images

  • A report will either be sent back to your referring doctor or you may be asked to return to collect them once they have been reported by one of our radiologists
  •  Digital copies of all studies are stored on our PACS (Picture Archiving & Communication System) for comparison with any future examinations
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