Ultrasound

If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem, it is impossible to solve it.​​

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce real-time images of the body. An ultrasound scan is generally non-invasive and safe. No X-rays or ionising radiation are used.

You will be lying on a couch during your exam. Our sonographer will apply a water-based gel to your skin, over the area to be examined. This ultrasound gel helps to transmit ultrasound waves into and out of your body.

A transducer will then be placed on your body, and moved back and forth over the area of interest until the required images are taken.

After the exam, the ultrasound gel will be cleaned off your skin. The gel does not stain or discolour clothing.

Before your exam…

Liver / Abdomen

No food & drink 4 hours before these Ultrasound exams.

Pelvis / Prostate

A full bladder is required for the exam. Drink at least 4 cups of water an hour before your appointment.

All other Ultrasound exams

No preparation is required for other Ultrasound exams.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

  • Ultrasound date back to 1794. Sound waves were tested in 1826. In 1942, Ultrasound was first used for medical diagnosis by an Austrian neurologist, Dr Karl Theodore Dussik.
  • Ultrasound waves frequency are too high for humans to hear, but they are within the range of what dogs and cats can hear.
  • When a sound wave strikes an object, it bounces back, or echoes. By measuring these echo waves, it is not only possible to determine how far away the object is, but also the object’s size, shape and consistency,i.e. whether the object is solid or filled with fluid
  • Ultrasound imaging is based on the same principles involved in the sonar used by bats, ships and dolphins.