A Simple Guide to


Have an ultrasound examination and wondering what’s in store?

This straightforward guide will walk you through the process step by step, so you’re well-prepared for your ultrasound appointment.

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What's an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a painless and safe medical test that uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your body.

These images help doctors get a closer look at your organs and tissues.

Clinics that offer Ultrasounds

Before the Ultrasound

When you arrive at the ultrasound appointment, your healthcare team will guide you through everything.

Depending on what part of your body needs the ultrasound, you might need to wear a hospital gown.

They’ll explain everything and make sure you’re comfortable.

During the Ultrasound

The Sonographer will explain the procedure you are having and answer any questions you have.

After the Ultrasound

Once your ultrasound is done, you can change back into your own clothes and continue with your day as usual. There’s no special recovery time needed.

Results and What's Next

A radiologists will interpret the ultrasound and provide your referring doctor with a comprehensive report about the findings.

It is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your results.

Patient Safety

Ultrasound is a safe examination which provides excellent imaging without any known risks.

There are no known side effects from having a diagnostic ultrasound scan performed for medical imaging purposes.

Your Sonographer will apply techniques to ensure that your scan is a safe procedure. For this reason, your scan should only be performed by an accredited sonographer, or trained medical practitioner, and a scan should only be performed when clinically indicated.

Not all causes of pain show on ultrasound, so further testing may be required.

Ultrasound does not involve ionising radiation, making it ideal for pregnant women, their babies, and children. The sonographer will set the equipment to the lowest intensity necessary to achieve high quality images.

The results of your scan will be sent directly to your referring Doctor, and it is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results.

In Summary

Ultrasound examinations are a gentle way for doctors to see inside your body.

Disclaimer: Please note, if you have any questions or reservations about an upcoming radiology scan, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider, who can address your concerns directly. This is general information, not tailored to a specific individual. Please read our Terms and Conditions.