What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound utilises sound waves to investigate and image various parts of the body without the need for ionising radiation. Ultrasound can be used to examine various structures and systems of the body. At Geraldton Radiology we have a number of highly experienced sonographers and can offer a wide range of examinations. These include but are not limited to:
- Pregnancy ultrasound
- Dating scan,
- First Trimester Risk Assessment,
- Morphology Assessment,
- Late pregnancy third trimester assessment
- Abdominal, Renal and Pelvic
- Small Parts including orbits, testes and breast examinations
- Musculoskeletal examinations
A registered Australian Medical Sonographer will perform your examination. The information is then assessed by a Radiologist and reports will be electronically sent to your doctor with electronic images also being available.
During the procedure an ultrasound transducer (hand held device that produces and receives sound waves) will be moved over the region of interest with the Sonographer recording images.
In some instances the Radiologist will attend a portion of the examination or in the case of interventional procedures will perform the procedure. There may also be instances (particularly with musculoskeletal examinations) where the Radiologist feels it is necessary to perform an X-ray in order to more completely answer the clinical question posed by your doctor/referrer.
Preparation for your ultrasound
Some ultrasound examinations such as pregnancy, gynaecology and renal (kidney) scans require very specific water preparation. Others such as abdominal scans require fasting, while some such as renal artery examinations require specific dietary preparation. It is imperative that you follow the preparation instructions you are given when you make your appointment. If you are unsure or have any questions regarding your preparation or examination please do not hesitate to call us on 9964 3757 and our staff will be more than happy to assist in any way we can.
Do I need an appointment?
Due to the varied nature of ultrasound examinations and their preparations appointments are required for all examinations. Appointments can be made by calling us on 9964 3757 and our staff will be happy to assist.
Who performs an ultrasound?
Ultrasounds are performed by a registered Australian Medical Sonographer who is a specialist technician registered with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Register (ASAR).
After the examination, a Radiologist ( Doctor who has specialised in Medical Imaging) assesses the information collected to report to your doctor, and in some instances the Radiologist will attend a portion of the examination or perform the procedure themself.
At Geraldton Radiology we are an accredited training facility for student/trainee Sonographers. In the event a student/trainee performs your examination they will be supervised either directly or indirectly by the reporting Radiologist or a senior Sonographer. All student/trainee Sonographers employed at Geraldton Radiology are also registered as students/trainees with the ASAR.