An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of tissues, organs, and structures inside the body.
Ultrasound scans are generally painless. In some cases, you may feel a little pressure from the transducer when the sonographer passes it over the area being examined. If you have any injuries or pain, the pressure may be a bit painful.
Unlike conventional x-rays, ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation so it is not harmful to the human body of adults or babies. which makes it a totally safe and reliable diagnostic test.
Two-dimensional or 2D ultrasound: This is the most common type of ultrasound. A series of flat, two-dimensional images is obtained.
Three-dimensional or 3D ultrasound: representations are obtained in three dimensions, that is, they have volume.
Four-dimensional or 4D ultrasound: With 3D images recorded in rapid succession, a four-dimensional representation can be obtained: the fourth dimension is time, which adds movement and creates a more realistic representation. Both 3D and 4D ultrasounds can reveal fetal abnormalities not detected by the two-dimensional study.
Doppler ultrasound: The ultrasound system receives sound waves that bounce off moving blood cells and records changes in the tone of these sound waves as the echo travels away from the transducer (Doppler effect). This record is then converted into images and it is possible to estimate the speed and direction of the blood flow within the blood vessels. Unlike angiography, this study does not require the injection of any contrast substance or the use of X-rays.
As the name suggests, Countrywide Mobile Ultrasound specialise in mobile ultrasound which can be performed in various locations, such as a care facility, hospital ward, nursing home or a private residence. The ultrasound can be performed at a patient’s bedside, which reduces the need to transfer and transport clients who are unstable or unwell to a radiology department.
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For many scans, such as vascular and DVT scans or musculoskeletal imaging, no preparation is required. When possible, patients will generally be asked to have a full bladder for examinations of the pelvis, kidneys, prostate or bladder. For abdominal scans (including areas such as the gallbladder, liver, pancreas and abdominal aorta) the patient may be asked to fast for 8 hours prior to the test. Specific preparation required will always be explained to the patient or care persons at the time of booking.
The steps you need to take to prepare for an ultrasound will depend on the area or organ that is being examined. See below a compilation of information to make it easier for patients to best prepare for an ultrasound and know what to expect before, during and after the examination.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements that you take before the exam.
Inform the sonographer if you have any allergies or adverse reactions to medications.
Leave your valuables at home or in the waiting area.
Inform us if you need interpreting services, this can be arranged for you.
The technologist will verify your identification and exam requested.
The preparation for this test will depend on the type of ultrasound procedure you or your healthcare professional has ordered.
Your doctor may tell you to fast for eight to 12 hours before your ultrasound, especially if your abdomen is being examined. Undigested food can block the sound waves, making it difficult for the technician to get a clear picture.
If you are having a biopsy, you will be asked to not eat or drink anything past midnight the night before the exam. Your doctor will instruct you accordingly.
Before the exam, you will change into a hospital gown.
The duration of the exam will vary, but the average ultrasound process is about 30 minutes.
The technologist will position you on the exam table and give you instructions.
You will have the opportunity to ask the technologists questions.
A small amount of water-soluble gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined.
A hand-held instrument is placed against the gel on your body. This instrument will be moved across the area being examined.
An ultrasound carries minimal risks. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, ultrasounds use no radiation. For this reason, they are the preferred method for examining a developing foetus during pregnancy.Lakes Mobile Ultrasound offers a range of ultra sound scans including; Abdominal Ultrasound, Renal Tract Ultrasound, Thyroid and Neck Ultrasound, Testicular Ultrasound, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Breast Ultrasound and more. Ultrasounds provided by Countrywide Mobile Ultrasound are in almost all cases bulk billed. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with Countrywide Mobile Ultrasound, please call 02 4948 9788
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