Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool which uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the body. The sonographer uses a transducer (a hand-held device which produces and receives the sound waves) to produce the images. Ultrasound shows anatomy in 'real-time' showing movement. Queensland X-Ray provides a full range of ultrasound examinations, including specialised cardiac and obstetric and gynaecological procedures.

Image Modality Ultrasound


  • Preparation before your ultrasound is very important. Please follow the instructions given to you at the time of booking carefully and thoroughly.

    In some cases you will be asked to fast. This means you should not eat, drink or chew anything 4-6 hours before your appointment. A sip of water is allowed for hydration purposes.

    For some scans you will be required to have a full or partially full bladder. You will be able to empty your bladder as soon as the scan is over.

    If you have any questions about the preparation for your scan, please contact the practice where your appointment is booked.

  • For an ultrasound scan, you will generally be required to lie down on an examination table or bed. The ultrasound technologist (known as a  sonographer), will place some gel onto your skin and will then place the tranducer on your skin in the area that is being studied. The images are shown instantly on a monitor screen.

  • Ultrasound is generally regarded as safe as it does not provide exposure to ionising radiation like some other forms of imaging (e.g. x-rays, CT scans). Instead, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to show images inside the body. Please discuss any concerns with your referring practitioner.

Watch: Having an Ultrasound with Queensland X-Ray

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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