In preparation for your ultrasound, you may will be requested to remove relevant clothing and jewellery and to wear an examination gown. The area to be examined will need to be exposed but the rest of you will be covered.
Procedures can take up to 1 hour to conduct with the average time being 20-30 minutes and will be discussed with you at the time of booking.
You will be asked to lie on a couch or sit on a chair (depending on the examination) next to the ultrasound equipment. A sonographer captures and prints the requested images using a probe/transducer which emits the ultrasound waves.
A water-based gel will be spread on the skin of the area being scanned which assists in the transmission of sound waves between the body and probe. The soundwaves are then reflected by the tissues in your body back to the probe. This information is then used to form an image that is used to obtain a diagnosis. You may be required to hold your breath or move into different positions so that the best images can be obtained.