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An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves above the audible range of the human ear to generate images inside our body. It is performed using a small hand-held sensor pressed against the skin surface and can be moved around to view the organs from various angle.


Ultrasound does not have any known risks, side effects or complications and is considered very safe.

Certain examinations will require preparation:

  • Fasting for 2-4 hours prior to the scan or blood test

  • Being well-hydrated

Our staff will inform you of any specific preparation required for your ultrasound scan at the time of your booking. 


If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, please inform our staff at the time of booking as alternative imaging may need to be arranged.


Please also let us know if you have any other existing medical conditions and our staff will be able to advise accordingly.

Radiologist talking to patient


After changing into a patient gown: 

  • Lie down on a bed and a water based gel will be applied to your skin over the area to be viewed.

During the ultrasound:

  • Depending on the complexity, most ultrasounds should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

  • Our Sonographer will use the hand-held transducer to obtain and capture a series of images.

  • There is no pain during the process except for some pressure on your skin.

  • For certain scan, our Sonographer might request that you hold your breath to allow for better quality images.

When the scan is completed, it may be necessary for you to wait while our Radiologist reviews the obtained images.

Your Sonographer will advise you if further imaging is required.

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