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. Read More
Obstetric Ultrasound Melbourne
An obstetric ultrasound is an ultrasound imaging technique that enables you to capture images of the pregnant uterus in real-time.
What Is An Obstetric Ultrasound?
During your obstetric ultrasound, the sonographer will use a transducer which emits sound waves. Your lower abdomen will have gel applied to it so as to enable that the sound waves examine the pelvis accurately, by harmlessly bouncing off the uterus and pregnancy, returning to the transducer whereby the diagnostic images are acquired.
The examination is used to monitor growth rate, assess for any signs of fetal distress as well as assess for the presence of any abnormality.
Where Can I Get An Obstetric Ultrasound in Melbourne?
The team here at Melbourne Radiology Clinic have expertise in obstetric ultrasound. We utilise innovative technologies to generate 2D and 3D images of your baby, which are not only displayed on screen however will be provided as a CD for you to have as a keepsake. Your scan will be conducted by a qualified sonographer, who is accredited with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).
Obstetric ultrasound scan do not emit ionising radiation, so are completely safe for both mother and baby. It is a relatively short procedure and one that generally does not cause any discomfort. Our specialist team will explain each step of the process so that you are aware of the entire process.
A report on the results of your scan will be prepared by our radiologist and made available to your doctor within 24 hours, or sooner if results are required urgently.
Book Your Obstetric Ultrasound Today
Call our team today to book your appointment for an obstetric ultrasound in Melbourne or email to email@example.com, including your referral, if you have been provided with this. As a medical imaging specialist in Melbourne, we also offer other examinations including full body MRI scans, achilles paratenonitis mri scans & many more diagnostic radiological services in Melbourne.
(Vascular Ultrasound Imaging)
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.
Doppler ultrasound (also referred to as vascular diagnostic imaging) is a painless, non invasive means of measuring blood flow. For example Doppler ultrasound can detect problems with abnormal blood flow, where flow may be reduced in veins due to clot (thrombosis), known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Ultrasound can also detected narrowing (stenosis) of arteries due to conditions such as atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”); common areas include the neck (carotid arteries) as well as the arteries of both lower limbs.
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.
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.
Please enquire with Melbourne Radiology Clinic at the time of your appointment as to the availability of a female sonographer. If one is not available then it is our routine practise that a separate female staff member will act as a chaperone during the examination. Of course, you may elect to bring a friend/relative instead to act as a chaperone.
Referring doctors are welcome to discuss with our radiologists the imaging needs of their patients and whether ultrasound is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.