You need to be referred to us by a doctor (registered medical practitioner). Note: You must have a pre-arranged booking with us made by either yourself or the referring clinic.
What to bring
On the day, you will need to bring your
- Request Form
- Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card
- Any relevant previous Imaging or Reports
Also, depending on your examination request you may need to make some preparations. Check the following to see what applies to you:
- Ankle Brachial Indices (Rest or Exercise) – Arrive 10 minutes prior to appointment to allow for resting period (so that blood supply to lower limbs returns back to a resting state).
- Aorta – Nil food or drink for at least two hours prior
- Carotid Duplex – Nil
- Haemodialysis Fistula – Nil
- Lower Limb Arterial or bypass graft – Arrive 10 minutes prior to appointment to allow for resting period (so that blood supply to lower limbs returns back to a resting state).
- Lower Limb Venous (Insufficiency or DVT) – Nil
- Mesenteric Arterial or Renal Arterial – Nil food or drink for at least four hours prior. Arrive 15 minutes prior to appointment for final preparation.
- Ovarian Veins – Nil food or drink for at least two hours prior.
- Upper Limb Arterial or Venous – Nil
The results of your visit are available immediately following the scanning process. However, we need to then create a report that will be sent to your doctor. This is usually done within 24 hours.
Urgent results will be communicated directly with your doctor as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us on 8431 8993.
What you can expect
You may need to standing, sitting or lying down dependant on the procedure. The person performing the test places a clear, water-based (low allergy) gel on your skin and then moves a hand-held probe over the area. The gel helps the probe transmit sound waves. These waves bounce off the body structures, to create an image (picture / scan) on the ultrasound machine.
We use state-of-the-art ultrasound machines to obtain images and data about what’s happening in your body. Our vascular surgeons use this data to diagnose your condition and make recommendations for treatment. The images are what the sonographers (ultrasound operator) and vascular surgeons use to review and diagnose any irregularities in your veins and arteries, such as blockages, aneurysms and other signs of disease or malfunction. This data is then stored for future reference. The technique is non-invasive meaning there is no need for needles or surgical incisions and is considered to be very low risk.
Physiological assessments such as ankle and toe pressure indices or exercise testing may be performed which can give valuable information regarding arterial disease.
What are arteries and veins?
Arteries and veins form the bodies circulatory system. It is vital for sustaining life. Arteries are the blood vessels which supply oxygenated blood from the heart while the veins return deoxygenated blood to the lungs for the process to start again. Therefore any pathology or malfunction of our circulatory system can cause symptoms to arise.