Information for patients attending Alfred Health Radiology
What is an ultrasound examination?
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image, like sonar. A small transducer is held against the patient’s skin, allowing underlying structures to be seen by transmitting and reflecting sound waves through the body.
Ultrasound can show soft tissues very well. Ultrasound scanning can be used to aid interventional procedures.
What types of ultrasound examination are offered?
At Alfred Health Radiology Service, we offer a wide range of diagnostic and interventional ultrasounds, including:
- Neck (Carotids or thyroid)
- Peripheral vascular, arterial and venous
- Liver (including Portal Venous Doppler)
- Kidneys (including Doppler)
- Ultrasound guided biopsy
- Ultrasound guided injections, including Musculoskeletal injections
- Ultrasound guided drainage
Please note, we do not routinely perform obstetric ultrasound cases at The Alfred. These must be seen at our Sandringham site.
How do I prepare for my ultrasound?
- If you have been referred for an ultrasound scan by your doctor and would like to make a booking, please contact Radiology at either our Alfred or our Sandringham site:
- 03 9076 5789 (The Alfred Ultrasound appointments)
- 03 9076 1411 (Sandringham Radiology Appointments)
Just prior the scan
- You may be asked to fast, or to drink water and hold your bladder full. Please continue your regular medication, unless advised not to by your doctor
- You may be asked to change into a hospital gown
During the ultrasound scan
- A sonographer will perform this scan
- Ultrasound scans generally take 30 minutes, but this may vary. Your sonographer will advise you on the day
- The sonographer will apply ultrasound gel to the part of your body being scanned, and move the transducer over that area. You may be asked to move into different positions to scan different body parts
- To ensure a thorough examination, the sonographer may need to ask personal questions about your health or condition
- Sometimes an internal ultrasound is required
What do I do after the examination is finished?
- Eat and drink normally after the examination
- Return to your doctor to discuss the examination results
- If you have had an interventional procedure, you will be given an information sheet at discharge about your procedure
- The radiologist’s report and your images are automatically forwarded to your doctor