Your Ultrasound Examination
Ultrasound examinations are painless and minimal patient preparation is required. However, patients must follow specific instructions when required. If you have previously had a Vascular Ultrasound examination, please bring these results with you to your appointment. If you require further information about the examination procedure itself, please discuss this with the doctor or sonographer performing the test.
NB: Results and/or treatment outcomes related to the ultrasound examination will not be discussed with the patient at the time of the appointment. Reports will be sent to the referring doctor.
What happens on the day?
Important points to remember:
- You must have a referral for your appointment and you must bring it on the day
- If you have previously had a vascular ultrasound examination at another facility please bring the films and results with you to your appointment
- In most instances you will be seen at the allocated time however from time to time we will need to accommodate emergency patients. We will endeavour to assess these patients as quickly as possible with and would appreciate your understanding
- If this is the first time that you have had a vascular ultrasound or you require further information about your procedure, let us know as the sonographer performing your test will be able to answer any questions that you may have related to how the ultrasound examination is performed
- Be aware that the sonographer will not discuss ultrasound findings or management options with patients during or following the ultrasound examination. Whilst many patients are eager to know the results of their examination, the images must be reviewed and reported on before a formal report is forwarded on to your referring doctor
If you have not been to our practice previously you will be asked to complete a patient information questionnaire for our medical records. This information is confidential and will not be given to any third party without your permission.
What do you need to do?
Please read the following information carefully as we may need to reschedule ultrasound examinations for patients who do not comply with these instructions.
Abdominal/Pelvic: No "fizzy" drinks or "fatty" meals should be consumed for 48 hours prior to appointment. Please fast (nothing to eat or drink) from midnight. Do not use chewing gum/lollies or smoke for 6 hours beforehand. Essential medication can be taken with a sip of water. Diabetic patients should have black tea & toast at 6 am with your normal diabetic medication.
Renal/Ovarian: Patients having an examination of the kidney or ovarian veins should follow the instructions for "abdominal/pelvic" but should drink 300 ml of water 1 hour before their appointment. A full bladder is not necessary for the examination.
Lower Limb Veins: Do not wear any form of stockings, compression socks or bandages for 12 hours beforehand. Do not apply cosmetics or moisturisers to your legs on the day of the appointment.