Ultrasound Imaging

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool which uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of internal body structures, such as internal organs, muscles, blood vessels and soft tissues. The sonographer uses a transducer (a hand-held device which produces and receives the sound waves) to generate images of the patient’s body. Ultrasounds show anatomy in 'real-time' showing movement. Queensland X-Ray provides a full range of ultrasound examinations, including specialised cardiac, obstetric, gynaecological and musculoskeletal ultrasound, general and paediatric services.

Image Modality Ultrasound

Ultrasound Clinic FAQs

  • 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 ultrasound 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. During the scan, the area of interest will be exposed, with the rest of your body remaining covered to ensure your privacy and comfort. Queensland X-Ray’s highly-trained ultrasound technologists (known as sonographers), will place gel onto your skin and will then place the transducer in the area that is being studied. A moving image is shown instantly on a monitor screen.

  • Ultrasound is generally regarded as safe as you are not exposed to ionising radiation like some other forms of medical 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.

  • All Queensland X-Ray ultrasounds are performed by sonographers who are highly trained and accredited professionals. Our quality team consist of male and female sonographers who are qualified to perform all ultrasound imaging examinations including breast imaging.

    If you would like to ensure a female sonographer performs your scan, then please consider booking at one of our Women’s Imaging Centres.

  • To book an ultrasound online with Queensland X-Ray, access our portal here.

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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