INDICATIONS: Routine assessment of anatomy and evaluation of foetal abnormalities.

 

LIMITATIONS: Large patient size. The position of the foetus may preclude assessment of some structures, requiring the patient to return at a later agreed time.

 

PREPARATION: Empty bladder two hours prior to appointment time, then drink two glasses (500ml) of water to be finished one hour prior to appointment.

 

SCAN PROCEDURE: You may change into a patient gown or adjust your clothing to allow access to the surface of your pelvis for scanning. You will lie on a scanning bed during your procedure, which will take up to 60 minutes. Ultrasound jelly will be placed on your skin to allow transmission of ultrasound waves from a hand held probe which is moved over your lower abdomen. The procedure does not cause any discomfort or pain. Occasionally an internal scan may be needed.

 

POST PROCEDURE: There are no post procedure precautions.

 

RESULTS: The images obtained by the sonographer will be analysed and interpreted by the Radiologist.

 Your procedure report will be sent electronically to your referring doctor. Please inform us of when you plan to follow up with your doctor so that your report can be prioritised. A hyperlink will be added to the report that will allow your doctor to access your images.

We provide long term electronic storage of your report and images, so you may obtain a copy either on the day of the scan or in the future.