Types of Ultrasound
- General Ultrasound
- Obstetric (Pregnancy)
- Vascular (veins and arteries)
- Paediatric (children)
- Interventional (Ultrasound-Guided Procedures)
Upper abdominal scans encompass the liver, pancreas, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen, and aorta. If your doctor has requested a scan of these structures, you will need to fast.
For adults, no food or liquid (other than sips of water) is permitted for 6 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
Children are required to fast for 4 hours. An early morning appointment is recommended.
Renal ultrasound scans assess the kidneys, bladder, and prostate (in men).
You will be required to fast for 4-6 hours prior to your appointment.
We recommend you drink 1 litre of water an hour before your exam, and only empty your bladder after you have had your ultrasound.
Pelvic ultrasound scans assess the uterus and ovaries in women.
We recommend that you drink 750mL of water an hour before your exam, and only empty your bladder after you have had your ultrasound.
Thyroid, Testicles, Breast, and Small Part Ultrasounds
For these types of ultrasounds, no preparation is required.
Obstetric Ultrasound (Pregnancy)
Qscan offers dating scans, Nuchal Translucency Screening Tests, morphology, and third-trimester scans. For full details on preparation requirements and scan information, please download the Patient Information Flyer PDF on this page.
Qscan specialises in musculoskeletal ultrasound. This type of imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, and other soft tissue conditions. This is a safe, non-invasive procedure, and does not use ionising radiation.
Vascular ultrasounds are also known as duplex studies. They are non-invasive and used to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body. They can also be used to evaluate arteries or veins in most parts of the body, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms, and legs.
Certain vascular ultrasounds require specific preparation. These details will be provided to you at the time of booking.
Paediatric Ultrasound (Children)
Qscan offers a range of ultrasounds for paediatric purposes, including abdominal, paediatric spine, paediatric hip, and paediatric head ultrasounds.
Interventional (Ultrasound-Guided Procedures)
What is Interventional Radiology?
Interventional radiology (abbreviated to IR or VIR for Vascular and Interventional Radiology) is a medical subspecialty of radiology that uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. It can be used in nearly every organ system, including but not limited to the vascular, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, and central nervous systems.
Interventional radiology uses the latest technology in diagnostic imaging to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques available. This minimises risk, improves health outcomes, and decreases overall recovery time. These procedures can be performed using CT scan or ultrasound. The type of intervention requested will determine whether you are having a CT scan, ultrasound, or fluoroscopy-guided procedure.