General Ultrasound

ABDOMEN ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound of the abdomen is useful for investigating a wide range of conditions to find the cause of or exclude possibilities, which will help guide your doctor.

 

Used to detect abnormalities of the abdominal organs for example the renal tract, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

 

It can be used to diagnose conditions such as gallstones, tumours of the intra abdominal organs or blocked renal tract. 

Preparation for the examination is nothing to eat for 6 hours prior to your appointment, clear fluids only.

The scan time is about 30 minutes.

RENAL ULTRASOUND

Organs assessed are the kidneys, bladder and ureters (tubes between the kidney and bladder), the prostate for men.

Common reasons for assessment of the renal tract include blood in the urine, suspected kidney stones, pain, urinary tract infections (UTI’s), frequency in passing urine, and assessment of residual urine after passing water.

Preparation for the scan is to attend with a full bladder. We advise 5 cups of fluid in the hour before your appointment.

The scan time is about 30 minutes

SMALL PARTS ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound imaging of small parts is a useful way of evaluating many of the superficial organs of the body such as the thyroid gland, the neck and the testes.

 

The ultrasound images can help an ultrasound practitioner to evaluate these organs and look for signs of disease or abnormalities.

There is usually no preparation required for these examinations. We will let you know when you make your appointment if that changes.

The scan time is about 30 minutes.

 

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND

Vascular Ultrasound uses a mode of imaging called Doppler Ultrasound.

 

Doppler Ultrasound is used to assess any changes in the blood flow within the blood vessels.

 

It can be used to detect arterial disease and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

There is usually no preparation required for these examinations. We will let you know when you make your appointment if that changes.

The scan time is about 30 minutes.

MUSCULOSKELETAL ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound is good for evaluating tendon strains and tears, ligament strain and tears, muscle tears, collections of blood from injury (haematomas) and lumps.

 

Occasionally fractures will be seen. Most are minor cracks which may not have been seen on x-ray.

 

Ultrasound is unable to see inside bone. Structures deep to bone, such as inside the knee joint, inside the ankle joint or foot are best assessed with MRI.

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38 Riddiford St Wellington, 6021
New Zealand

Ph: (04) 830 2960

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