Ultrasound

Lake Imaging offers ultrasound services at numerous locations. Please refer to the specific ultrasound procedure you require for further information.

  • WHAT IS ULTRASOUND

    Ultrasound imaging (also called ultrasound scanning or sonography) is a non-invasive medical examination that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. This enables doctors to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

    Ultrasound is a simple and non-invasive procedure that is used extensively during pregnancy, and to assess many organs and superficial parts, as well as the heart and blood vessels. Areas of pain, swelling or infection can be directly assessed in real time. Because ultrasound is readily available and cost-effective, it is often the first diagnostic test ordered for abdominal, pelvic and musculoskeletal pain. At Lake Imaging, ultrasound examinations are carried out by a sonographer (a technologist trained in ultrasound imaging) who is accredited by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). All examinations are then interpreted by a radiologist (a medical doctor specializing in the interpretation of medical images).

  • BEFORE AN ULTRASOUND

    Read all the instructions given to you by your doctor or provided by us, as you may be required to fast depending on the type of imaging. Wear clothing that will provide easy access to the area requiring imaging. Please bring any previous, relevant examinations for comparison. If you have diabetes, or you are on any medication, please contact us to check special preparation instructions, and our staff will advise of any specific preparation. Please visit the links below for further information.

  • DURING AN ULTRASOUND

    The Sonographer will explain the procedure you are having and answer any questions you have. You will generally be asked to lie down on a padded bed exposing the area for examination. A clear, water based gel will be applied to the skin over the area to be scanned to improve the transmission of sound waves between the body and the ultrasound transducer. To get the best possible images the sonographer may ask you to hold your breath or move your position so the best images can be obtained.

    On occasion, a radiologist may need to speak with you and perform some ultrasound scanning as well, in order to clarify what has been shown in the images and ensure the question asked by your referring doctor is answered accurately.

  • AFTER AN ULTRASOUND

    One of our 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.

    If the results are needed urgently, or you have an appointment immediately after your scan with your referring doctor or health care provider, Lake Imaging will arrange to have your results available immediately. Otherwise your referring doctor or health care provider will receive your report within 48 hours of your examination.

  • 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.

Find out more about the services we offer in this area.

Please note, not all services are listed below, and not all services are available at every site.

Ultrasound of the abdomen is an effective way of assessing a number of organs in the abdomen. High-resolution images of the liver, spleen, kidneys, gall bladder, and pancreas are attainable.

Ultrasound is commonly the initial imaging investigation requested for abdominal pain and other abdominal symptoms. Not all causes of abdominal pain and symptoms are identifiable on ultrasound and in some cases further investigations may be necessary.

Vascular ultrasound is a specialist ultrasound application, which examines the body’s circulatory system (arteries and veins) for abnormalities such as the build-up of plaque on arterial walls, or the presence of thrombus or clot within a vein. In addition, Doppler can be used to obtain information about the blood flow which is extremely important in diagnosing most vascular conditions.

Vascular ultrasound may be used to assess blood flow to the brain and the body’s organs and extremities. It is used to assess varicose veins, vascular malformations, aneurysms or unusual anatomy. It helps the vascular surgeon or physician to plan treatments and is of significant use in assessing the outcome of interventional procedures.

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