Frequently Asked Questions

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The following is some of our frequently asked questions.

If you would like more specific information about your procedure please go to our procedures and preparation page.

What is ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging technique which uses high frequency sound waves to travel through the area of interest.

Very simply, the sound waves reflect back and are processed by the ultrasound system to generate images.

The images generated are in real time, or are “live” as the sonographer or doctor is scanning. Specific images are then recorded on film or other digital storage.

Why come to CSU?

CSU is proud to offer a truly focused and specialised ultrasound environment, with our medical and sonography staff being amongst the very best in Australia.
We are a luminary site for one of the major ultrasound manufacturers, and we have the best possible equipment available to us at all times.

Does Ultrasound use Radiation?

Ultrasound does not use ionising radiation to acquire images like some other types of imaging tests, and there are no known significant side effects from ultrasound used in our medical imaging systems.

However rigorous standards apply to ensure all patients are scanned by a appropriately trained and accredited sonographer or medical practitioner.

Do I have to prepare?

Some exams may require you to not eat or drink prior to the test, so it is important to ensure you are made aware of the required preparations when booking your study.

Also continue to take prescribed medication unless you are clearly directed otherwise.

Can I bring somebody with me?

If you would like someone to accompany you during your scan, you will need to check with the sonographer first. It is vital for the sonographer to concentrate intensely on the examination with minimal distractions.

Of course if you have a young child having an examination the sonographer will want you to come in with them and assist if required during the examination.

What happens during the test?

Depending on the body region and type of examination you are having, you may be asked to change into a gown prior to starting the test.

Usually the sonographer may ask a few questions to supplement the information provided by the referring practitioner, and ensure the most appropriate test is being performed and providing as much back ground information clinically as possible.

Once the exam is started the sonographer will place what is called a transducer, which produces the sound waves, upon your skin. A special gel is also used on the skin to assist the scan, which is water-based and hypoallergenic.

The sonographer may ask you to move into various positions during the scan, and may routinely ask you to hold your breath.

How long will my scan take?

Most examinations can take any where between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the type of scan and region of the body. If you require more information please contact us to specifically discuss your type of exam.

Does it Hurt?

Usually ultrasound scans are not painful, and you certainly cannot feel the ultrasound waves traveling through your tissue.

However, some tenderness may arise from the slight pressure applied with the ultrasound transducer to ensure good skin contact for an optimal image, especially if a sore spot is being scanned.

What is ultrasound good at visualising?

Your doctor makes a decision on which imaging test they believe to be most appropriate for your symptoms or other problems. Ultrasound can be used to examine many parts of the body, and includes:

  • Abdominal organs
  • Tendons and muscles and all joints like the shoulder, wrist, ankle etc.
  • Major Arteries and Veins, like carotid arteries, leg veins, leg arteries etc.
  • Obstetric scanning for pregnancy.
  • Pelvic structures, including uterus, ovaries and urinary bladder, prostate.
  • Breast, Thyroid glands, Testicles and scrotum.
  • Ultrasound can also be used to guide biopsy needles and in the draining of fluid collections, or gaining samples for pathology testing.

Each medical imaging modality has individual strengths. Often, more than one technique may be used to provide a complete and conclusive diagnosis.

What about the results?

Canberra Specialist Ultrasound is able to provide your doctor with electronic access to your reports and images. This service helps your doctor to meet your health care needs in the most efficient way possible by allowing fast and convenient electronic access to your results.

When you arrive for your examination, the receptionist will provide you with a card containing your secure login details.

To log in please click the “Your Ultrasound” tab and go to the “Your Results” tab. Please take a moment to read the privacy information and then press the “SECURE LOGIN” button.

For security reasons you will be prompted to change your password when logging in for the first time.

Why do I pay a private fee?

The goal of Canberra Specialist Ultrasound is to provide a premium medical service. This requires our highly trained and dedicate professional staff using the very best equipment available, and being able to spend more time performing your examination to ensure you receive the best possible diagnostic test. Due to our intensive approach Medicare fees only will not cover our costs in delivering the service.

Why do I pay on the day?

Payment must be made on the day with Medicare usually reimbursing their proportion within a few days if performed electronically.

Our friendly staff will be available to take your account inquiries should you have any further concerns.

One More Question?

Do you have another question? We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can submit an enquiry using our online form or call us directly.

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