An ultrasound uses sound waves to capture live images of your internal body structures onto a screen. It is commonly used to monitor:
- blood vessels
- joints and tendons
- soft tissues
- internal organs including the liver, gall bladder, kidneys and reproductive organs.
We offer a full range of diagnostic and prenatal ultrasound services.
How to prepare for your test
There are different preparations required depending on the area of your body being scanned. We will give you instructions on how to prepare for your scan.
What happens during the procedure?
Examinations usually take between 15 and 60 minutes.
After you change into a hospital gown, the sonographer will guide you throughout the procedure.
- You will be asked to lie in position on a trolley.
- Gel will be applied to your skin over the area to be scanned.
- Slight pressure is used as the ultrasound is moved around your body, but it should not be painful.
- You could be asked to hold your breath or roll into different positions during the scan.
- Once the scan is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin.
What happens after the procedure?
You can eat and drink normally after your scan is finished. Your results will be sent to your doctor.
How to access this service
GP or medical practitioner referral
To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.
If there is a waiting list, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.
We also accept internal referrals from the Department of Emergency.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
Ned Hanlon Building
Location: Level 3 Ned Hanlon Building
Phone: (07) 3646 2606
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-5.00pm
Emergency Imaging Ultrasound Service
Location: Ground Floor Dr James Mayne Building
Open: 7 days a week 8.00am-12.00am
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
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We provide the following ultrasound services:
- Superficial parts
- Interventional and invasive
- Obstetric and gynaecology