St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine


What you need to do before an Ultrasound and how to prepare for the test

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • Ultrasounds may require an appointment
  • Preparation varies with the type of test being performed. Abdominal, Pelvic, Renal and Renal Doppler ultrasounds have specific preparation instructions
  • At the time of booking your appointment you will be advised of any necessary test preparation
  • 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 Ultrasound done

  • You may be asked to change into a gown
  • You will lie or sit 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 given breathing instructions and 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 and whether you require an interventional procedure such as a biopsy. Transvaginal ultrasounds will require a written consent to be signed.

Your report and images

  • After your examination you may be given a copy of the images from your study
  •  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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