ULTRASOUND

Is an appointment necessary?

Yes, appointments are necessary for this category of examination. Appointments can be made by calling the clinic where you intend to go for the examination.


What documents need I bring along?

Please bring along the letter or request form from a physician requesting for the particular examination.

Also, for easy identification, bring along your identity card or passport. This will also assist to expedite the registration process.

For follow-up cases, it is necessary to have previous x-ray films in order for the radiologist to compare and report on the progress of the condition.



How should I prepare for the examination?
How is the procedure performed?

The patient will lie on the examination couch. Gel is placed on the region to be scanned. A transducer is placed on top of the gel and it is slowly moved around the region of interest. Relevant images are recorded. If a doppler study is done, the patient will hear pulsating sounds of blood flow during the examination.

For transvaginal or transrectal examination, the transducer will be placed per vagina or rectal as required.


Is the examination painful?

The ultrasound examination is not painful.


How long will the procedure take?

The examination may take about 30 minutes.

For doppler studies, it may take a longer time of approximately 45 minutes.

After the procedure, patient will be asked to wait while the films are being processed and checked to be in order. This may take another 10 minutes.

Please be prepared to be at the clinic for at least 45 to 60 minutes.


When will the results be ready?

After the films have been processed, the radiologist will report on his/her findings. For urgent work, the results will be ready for collection in two hours' time at the clinic. For routine cases, the results will be despatched to the referring physician's clinic before your next appointment with the doctor.



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