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What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive, diagnostic procedure that is designed to observe soft tissue anatomy on an out-patient basis. Our ultrasound system generates an image with high level of quality to help your physician make an accurate diagnosis. The scan also provides vital information needed for more complicated exams or exploratory surgery.

How should I prepare?

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing for your ultrasound scan. You may be asked to change into a gown and requested to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined, as requested from your technologist. Other preparation depends on the type of examination you will have. For some scans your family doctor may instruct you not to eat or drink for as many as 12 hours before your appointment. For others you may be asked to drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to your exam and avoid urinating so that your bladder is full when the scan begins.

What will I experience during and after the procedure?

Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. After you are positioned on the examination table, our technologist will apply some warm water-based gel on your skin and then place the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined. If scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer. Ultrasound exams in which the transducer is inserted into an opening of the body may produce minimal discomfort. Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam, who will share the results with you.

Can I bring family members for my ultrasound?

Yes, but we may limit the number in the room at any one time so that our personnel can concentrate on your examination.

Can ultrasound screen for ovarian cancer?

Pelvic ultrasound is one of the principal tests in identifying ovarian cancer. Early detection of ovarian cancer is still difficult and a large research effort is underway to increase the detection rate.

I have a problem with heavy menstrual bleeding. How will an ultrasound examination help me?

Pelvic ultrasound is very accurate in evaluating the multiple causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding. Many times, the examination is normal and the bleeding is due to hormonal influences rather than structural problems in the uterus.

Is ultrasound safe?

Ultrasound waves are not x-rays and have been used for diagnosis for over 25 years without any clinically detected harmful effects.

What should I wear?

You can wear any comfortable clothes of your choosing. You may be asked to change into a gown if necessary.

What are your hours?

We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm. We are also open Saturdays by appointment only. We are closed Sundays and statutory holidays.

How do I make an appointment?

You or your doctors office can call us at 604-569-0616 to schedule an appointment. Ultrasound exams require a doctors referral. Please ask your physician to fill out our requisition form hereand send your relevant previous exams (eg. CT, Mamogram etc.) to us. Our fax number is 604-568-6599.

When and how do I receive the results?

Your results will be faxed to your doctors office the day after your scan. You can make an appointment with your doctor accordingly. We can call or fax your report to your doctor immediately if you are in an emergency situation.

Where is your location?

Vancouver office is located at #303-550 West Broadway

Do I need a referral for screening exams or gender determination?

No.

I am pregnant and I would like to find out the gender of my baby. When is the best time to find out?

You must be at least 18 weeks. We are able to provide the results immediately. The fee for gender determination is $70.

How much do your scans cost?

For all diagnostic imaging we are currently priced at $380 inclusive. Please click here for our fee schedule.

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