Our Ultrasound Procedures
Ultrasound is our passion! We pride ourselves on our technology and ongoing education. In particular we are proud to offer East Gippsland an exceptional standard of obstetric scan, using the same technology offered in most leading tertiary obstetric centres in Melbourne. We use the GE Voluson E10 ultrasound machine, a specialist womens imaging unit.
We are also excited to offer Tricefy to our Obstetric patients, allowing patients to view their images immediately on their smart phone.
4D scans are performed in the third trimester and are performed without the need for a referral. The 4D scan aims to demonstrate unique ‘life like’ three dimensional images of your baby in real time – allowing for visualisation of the babies movements and expressions. The scan includes a disk or memory stick with your images along with a DVD of the entire scan. You are welcome to bring up to 6 people to the scan to share in the excitement. It is essential that you have had a complete 21 week anomaly screen performed prior to arrival, and we ask that you bring the report with you.
All our 2nd and 3rd Trimester ultrasounds, including 5D scans are performed on the latest GE Voluson E10, a specialist womens imaging ultrasound unit used at most leading tertiary obstetric centres.
It is important to understand this is not a diagnostic scan and therefore there is no associated Medicare rebate or Radiologist report.
Involves a scan concentrating mainly on the liver, Gall Bladder, Kidneys, Pancreas, Aorta and Spleen. Often performed for abdominal pain or discomfort, palpable mass or abnormal liver function tests.
Involves a scan concentrating on the bladder, Prostate (in males) and the kidneys. This scan is performed for urinary symptoms.
This scan is performed on the abdomen and also usually as an internal ultrasound. This involves the insertion of a vaginal ultrasound probe to give better visualization of the Uterus and ovaries. A trans-vaginal Ultrasound is always performed with great care and effort to maintain patient comfort at all times. In patients where a trans-vaginal ultrasound is not wanted by either the patient or the referring doctor the examination is performed with a full bladder. Pelvic Ultrasounds are usually performed for symptoms such as; Irregular bleeding, pain, infertility etc.
At Gippsland Lakes Medical Imaging we pride ourselves on our experience and qualifications in the area of Obstetric Ultrasound.There are four main scans performed during pregnancy, with not all being necessary in every pregnancy.
- Dating Scan, usually performed before 12 weeks to get an accurate gestational age and due date for the management of the pregnancy.
- 12-14 Week Nuchal Translucency Scan for Down Syndrome Screening. This is performed with the addition of a blood test to increase the accuracy for diagnosing Down Syndrome early. This scan not only aids in the early detection of Down Syndrome, it can also demonstrate some physical anomalies with the pregnancy early, however the 20 week anomaly screen is still more accurate and necessary. The Ultrasound is to be performed between 11 weeks 3 days and 13 weeks 6 days, but ideally late in the 12th week. The blood test is to be performed between 9 weeks and 12 weeks gestation, however is the most accurate during the 10th week. By combining the two tests approximately 9 out of every 10 pregnancy’s with Down Syndrome can be diagnosed. For further information of Combined First Trimester Screening please visit www.vcgspathology.com.au
- 21 Week Anomaly Scan, for full assessment of foetal development.
- 3rd Trimester Ultrasound Usually performed for growth and foetal wellbeing.
Involves the use of Doppler Ultrasound to assess for flow characteristics in both arteries and veins. Common vascular procedures are; Carotid arteries, Leg arteries, Renal arteries, and Leg veins for varicose veins and DVT.
Small Parts Ultrasound
Testicular Ultrasound, Neck Ultrasound and Skin Mass Lesions.
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Abdominal Ultrasound (Liver, Gallbladder, Aorta, Spleen and Pancreas)
Fast for 8 hours
Renal Ultrasound (Kidneys and Bladder)
Drink 1 litre of water 1 hour before procedure and do not empty your bladder
Pelvic Ultrasound (Uterus and Ovaries)
If over 18 years of age - no preparation
If under 18 years of age - drink 1 litre of water 1 hour before your examination and do not empty your bladder
1st Trimester Obstetric Ultrasound (12 weeks)
12 - 14 Week Ultrasound (Nuchal Translucency Scan for Down Syndrome Screening)
21 Week Anomaly Scan
3rd Trimester Ultrasound
Leg Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
Fast for 4 hours