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Ultrasound

Our Ultrasound Procedures

4D Scans

4D scans are performed in the third trimester and are performed without the need for a referral. The 4D scan aims to demonstrate unique ‘life like’ three dimensional images of your baby in real time – allowing for visualisation of the babies movements and expressions. The scan includes a disk or memory stick with your images along with a DVD of the entire scan. You are welcome to bring up to 6 people to the scan to share in the excitement. It is essential that you have had a complete 20 week anomaly screen performed prior to arrival, and we ask that you bring the report with you.

It is important to understand this is not a diagnostic scan and therefore there is no associated Medicare rebate or Radiologist report.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Involves a scan concentrating mainly on the liver, Gall Bladder, Kidneys, Pancreas, Aorta and Spleen. Often performed for abdominal pain or discomfort, palpable mass or abnormal liver function tests.

Renal/Bladder Ultrasound

Involves a scan concentrating on the bladder, Prostate (in males) and the kidneys. This scan is performed for urinary symptoms.

Gynaecological Ultrasound

This scan is performed on the abdomen and also usually as an internal ultrasound. This involves the insertion of a vaginal ultrasound probe to give better visualization of the Uterus and ovaries. A trans-vaginal Ultrasound is always performed with great care and effort to maintain patient comfort at all times. In patients where a trans-vaginal ultrasound is not wanted by either the patient or the referring doctor the examination is performed with a full bladder. Pelvic Ultrasounds are usually performed for symptoms such as; Irregular bleeding, pain, infertility etc.

Obstetric Ultrasound

At Bairnsdale & Lakes Ultrasound and X-ray we pride ourselves on our experience and qualifications in the area of Obstetric Ultrasound.There are four main scans performed during pregnancy, with not all being necessary in every pregnancy.

  • Dating Scan, usually performed before 12 weeks to get an accurate gestational age and due date for the management of the pregnancy.
  • 12-14 Week Nuchal Translucency Scan for Down Syndrome Screening. This is performed with the addition of a blood test to increase the accuracy for diagnosing Down Syndrome early. This scan not only aids in the early detection of Down Syndrome, it can also demonstrate some physical anomalies with the pregnancy early, however the 20 week anomaly screen is still more accurate and necessary. The Ultrasound is to be performed between 11 weeks 3 days and 13 weeks 6 days, but ideally late in the 12th week. The blood test is to be performed between 9 weeks and 12 weeks gestation, however is the most accurate during the 10th week. By combining the two tests approximately 9 out of every 10 pregnancy’s with Down Syndrome can be diagnosed. For further information of Combined First Trimester Screening please visit www.vcgspathology.com.au
  • 20 Week Anomaly Scan, for full assessment of foetal development.
  • 3rd Trimester Ultrasound Usually performed for growth and foetal wellbeing.

Vascular Ultrasound

Involves the use of Doppler Ultrasound to assess for flow characteristics in both arteries and veins. Common vascular procedures are; Carotid arteries, Leg arteries, Renal arteries, and Leg veins for varicose veins and DVT.

Small Parts Ultrasound

Testicular Ultrasound, Neck Ultrasound and Skin Mass Lesions.

FAQ

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a safe method of imaging that uses sound waves to create an image. It does not use ionising radiation and is used to assess many different organs in the body including pregnancy, breasts, veins, arterial and musculoskeletal imaging. Ultrasound is also used to assist with some procedures.

What happens with my results?

Your ultrasound images will be reported on by a specialised Radiologist. We use local experienced Radiologists who report on all our scans within 24 hours (usually the same day). These results are sent electronically to your doctor.

What will happen?

You will be taken into the ultrasound room by the Sonographer and may be asked to change into a gown. The ultrasound rooms are usually dimly lit to allow better visualisation of the images on the ultrasound machine. You will be asked to lie on an examination table for the ultrasound. The Sonographer will then apply a water based gel to the skin and a transducer will be pressed firmly against the skin. The examination does not usually cause discomfort.

What will it cost?

At Bairnsdale & Lakes Ultrasound and X-ray we have bulk billing facilities and happily bulk bill pensioners and health-care card holders for most procedures. All other patients will receive a Medicare rebate and Bairnsdale & Lakes Ultrasound and X-ray does have Medicare patient claiming facilities. For detailed costs please phone our receptionist on 03 51527805.

How do I prepare for my procedure?

Abdominal Ultrasound (Liver, Gallbladder, Aorta, Spleen and Pancreas)

Fast for 8 hours

Renal Ultrasound (Kidneys and Bladder)

Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour before procedure and do not empty your bladder

Pelvic Ultrasound (Uterus and Ovaries)

If over 18 years of age - no preparation

If under 18 years of age - drink 1 litre of water 1 hour before your examination and do not empty your bladder

1st Trimester Obstetric Ultrasound (12 weeks)

No Preparation

12 - 14 Week Ultrasound (Nuchal Translucency Scan for Down Syndrome Screening)

No Preparation

21 Week Anomaly Scan

No Preparation

3rd Trimester Ultrasound

No Preparation

Leg Arterial Doppler Ultrasound

Fast for 4 hours