Ultrasound technology uses inaudible soundwaves to deliver superb images without the use of radiation. Ultrasound image quality has undergone dramatic improvement over the last several years.
Ultrasound is of particular use in the diagnosis of soft tissue conditions and as such, it is routinely used to evaluate the solid abdominal and pelvic organs, the breast, muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as other small body parts, such as the thyroid gland and lymph nodes. Since images are performed in real time, ultrasound is ideal for performing procedures under imaging guidance, such as a pain relieving injection, the treatment of tendon injuries as well as taking a small specimen of tissue for analysis, known as either a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) or Biopsy.
Ultrasound may also be used to visualise the arteries and veins of the limbs and the neck with the use of Doppler technology. As such, it can reliably detect narrowing of the arteries, varicose veins and blood clots. As ultrasound waves cannot penetrate bone and gas, ultrasound is not used to look inside a joint, bone or gas containing organs, such as the lungs or bowel. If these structures also require evaluation, then a CT scan or MRI may be more suitable.
As ultrasound does not use radiation, it is ideal for children, where it can be used to diagnose abnormally developed hips (acetabular dysplasia) which often causes a "clicky" hip or an asymmetric buttock fold.
Referring doctors are welcome to discuss with our radiologist the imaging needs of their patients and whether ultrasound is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.
Female Pelvic Ultrasound
Female pelvic sonography is a specialised ultrasound examination focusing on the uterus, ovaries and endometrium (lining of the uterus). It is also used to assess the stage and health of a pregnancy.
As preparation may be required for a pelvic ultrasound, please call Melbourne Radiology Clinic on (03) 9667 1667 in advance for instructions.
Melbourne Radiology Clinic has female sonographers who are available to perform this examination.
For more information read:
Melbourne Radiology Clinic - Patient Fact Sheet on Ultrasound