Approximately 6000 ultrasound studies are performed each year. Most of these are routine diagnostic procedures. Interventional procedures such as ultrasound guided biopsies, nephrostomies, drainage procedures and intraoperative diagnostic scans in theatre are also performed.
Diagnostic Imaging Department
|Phone||(08) 9340 8236|
|Fax||(08) 9340 8598|
|Hours||Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm
(A 24 hour on call service is available for urgent scans after discussion with the radiologist on call.)
There is open access to the Ultrasound Department provided the patient has a current referral from a medical practitioner either from within or outside the hospital.
Outpatient appointment waiting times vary from four to eight weeks with consideration given to requests for specific dates and times. Country patients are prioritized at the request of the referring clinician.
Between three and four outpatients are booked per session and given a 30 minute appointment. Emergency, inpatient and portable scans are performed on the day of request. Interventional procedures are booked in advance after consultation with radiologist, nursing and anaesthetic departments and are normally done in Room 7, Diagnostic Imaging.
Most ultrasound patients are examined in the department. However, the ultrasound unit can be used in a ward situation and is often used in the neonatal and intensive care units.
Surgical cases requiring interventional procedures can be done in theatre and require booking.
Bookings cannot be made without a completed request form.
The completed request form should be sent to the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The Booking Clerk will phone the ward with the appointment time and the patient preparation required.
For same day bookings please send or fax 9340 8598 the request form to the department as early as possible. For urgent requests phone Ext: 8236
Please bring the completed request form to Level 5 Diagnostic Imaging. An appointment and preparation sheet will be given to you at this time. If the request form cannot be brought to the department please fax it to (08) 9340 8598 so an appointment can be booked.
Please note the Ultrasound Department runs on an appointment system and is very busy. Please allow plenty of time to find parking as being late for your appointment may require it being rebooked to the next available appointment (approx one to three weeks).
Patient preparation information sheets are held at reception and given to the patient or parent when the appointment is made. A full urinary bladder is required for renal and pelvic examinations and a three to four hour fast is required for abdominal examinations depending on the patient’s age.
It is important that patients do not have fizzy drinks for a few hours prior to their appointment and come with a full bladder and/or have fasted if required.
A consultant radiologist is rostered per session for reporting plus interventional cases. There are five part time sonographers with two rostered per session. There is a part time ultrasound assistant for patient and clerical assistance. During certain sessions the radiology registrar is also available to perform ultrasound examinations. All cases are checked by the radiologist responsible for reporting before the patient leaves the department.
Images are available immediately to clinicians via the PACS system. Reports are usually made at the end of the ultrasound session and available for review through the MediWeb system.