What are ultrasound scans and Doppler vascular ultrasound?
Ultrasound produces images of soft tissue and organs in the body through the use of sound waves that reflect back and are displayed as a real-time image. Ultrasound can detect damaged tissues, locate abnormal growths and identify a wide variety of conditions, thereby enabling your radiologist to make an accurate diagnosis.
A Doppler vascular ultrasound in Perth uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain a medical image or picture of blood flow through various vessels in the body. Vascular ultrasound produces precise images and measurements of many blood vessels in the body. It is commonly used to image the carotid arteries in your neck, and arteries and veins in your legs and arms.
Who will be performing the procedure?
A sonographer from our highly trained team at Imaging Central will be performing your ultrasound at our Perth clinic. On occasion, our radiologist may come in to speak with you and scan as well. This is not a reason to be concerned as our radiologist, who is responsible for your health and accuracy of the report, must be satisfied that the images captured will answer the question your referring doctor has asked.
Before the procedure
If you are referred for an abdominal ultrasound please fast for 6 hours prior to the scan. Continue your usual medications with small sips of water and you may drink small amounts of black coffee or tea.
If you are referred for a renal ultrasound please follow the same directions as for abdominal ultrasound, but drink 750ml of water 45 minutes prior to your examination. The water must be completely consumed 30 minutes before your exam.
For all other ultrasounds such as extremities (arm, leg) or other body parts (thyroid) you do not need to undergo any preparation.
During the procedure
You may be required to change into a gown depending on the body part to be scanned. An ultrasound gel will be applied to the area before a transducer is gently pressed against the skin which will direct high-frequency sound waves into the body. These sound waves echo back and the transducer electronically converts the reflected waves into very precise images of the body. The scan may take up to 30 minutes to complete. You will not feel any discomfort during the scan and there is no radiation exposure.
The images and results will be sent to your referring doctor through their preferred method within 24 hours. Please ensure you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor to discuss your results. We will directly phone your referring doctor with any urgent results.
Please call to make your booking and our Imaging Central Patients Services Team will assist to fit you in as soon as possible for your ultrasound in one of our Perth clinics.