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What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a term used to describe sound that is above the audible range for humans (roughly 20-20000 cycles/sec). Ultrasound has been developed to have a lot of roles in medicine and one of these is “imaging”, which is the production of pictures of the body for medical purposes. 

How will an ultrasound make me feel?

Medical examinations that involve the genital area may obviously be associated with a sense of awkwardness or embarrassment. This is quite normal and our professional team will endeavour to minimize this as much as possible. 

After the procedure, which usually takes 15-30 minutes, you should feel quite normal and able to continue with your normal daily activities.  You will only need to take time off work to attend the allocated appointment, which unfortunately do occur during normal office hours.  Our team will happily supply a medical certificate for this purpose, should you need one.  

What are the potential risks of an ultrasound?

Vaginal ultrasound studies are very safe. There is no risk of infection and minimal risk of direct injury, unless a pre-existing condition is aggravated. 

The sound waves used in ultrasound imaging have been extensively studied and have not been found to be in any way harmful to human tissues.  

Why is ultrasound used?

Ultrasound imaging of the female reproductive tract is an important part of all gynaecological, obstetrical and infertility practice. It is used to aid in the initial diagnosis, plan surgery, monitor pregnancies and is an essential part of in vitro fertilization. Ultrasound images can also be used to determine how many eggs are to be expected and when they are ready to be released. 

In a fertility practice, most ultrasounds are done using a vaginal or “internal” probe. The device is narrow and specially contoured so as not to cause discomfort, allowing the probe to be as close as possible to the uterus and ovaries, producing a much more detailed image than would be obtained using an external probe.   

As well as having in-house ultrasound at Fertility North, we offer a full range of ultrasound services, including gynaecology, obstetric and general ultrasounds, at Ultrasound North. 

How can we help you?

After years conducting ultrasound services onsite, Fertility North identified a need in Perth’s northern suburbs for a reliable, personable and high quality ultrasound service, so we established Ultrasound North.  Our Sonography, Radiology and Nursing staff are renowned for their professionalism and expertise.  To find out more about our Ultrasound services, please contact us to learn how we can help, or click the link below.