It’s important to let us know if you are a diabetic. Patients should continue to take all prescribed medications.

We ask that you give some thought to what you’re wearing on the day of your appointment. For example, if you’re having your abdomen scanned you’ll be more comfortable if you wear clothing that can be easily shifted aside without being removed.

If you are unsure which ultrasound examination you are having, please check with us or your referring doctor.

Lower leg arterial duplex

Ultrasound images are taken while the patient lies on the examination couch with one or both legs exposed. Towels will be used to protect your modesty and your underwear is not required to be removed. The examination may take up to 40 minutes. The main arteries are scanned from the groin to mid-calf. The arteries in the calf may also be checked down to the ankles.

Preparation: Please wear clothing and shoes that are easy to remove and put on.

Aorto-iliac for aneurysm or occlusive disease

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient lies on the examination couch with the abdomen exposed. There is no need to remove any clothing. The examination may take up to 20 minutes.

Preparation: No fasting is required. Please wear clothes that are easy to adjust to allow us to scan sections of your abdomen. You may be asked to hold your breath for a short time during the examination.

Carotid

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient lies on the examination couch with the neck exposed. The main arteries are scanned on both sides from the base of the neck to the bottom of the jaw. The examination may take up to 20 minutes.

Preparation: Please wear loose clothing or an open neck shirt. Talking might affect the imaging so the sonographer performing the scan may ask you not to talk at times.

Renal and other abdominal vessels

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient lies on the examination couch with the abdomen exposed. There is no need to remove any clothing. Please wear clothes that are easy to adjust to allow us to view various sections of your abdomen. You might be asked to hold your breath at times. The examination may take up to 40 minutes.

Preparation: No fasting is required. Please wear clothes that are easy to adjust to allow us to scan sections of your abdomen.

Upper limb arterial and upper limb veins

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient lies on the examination couch with their upper chest, shoulder and arms exposed. The examination may take up to 40 minutes.

Preparation: Please wear clothes that are easy to remove and replace.

Ovarian

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient lies on the examination couch with the abdomen exposed. There is no need to remove any clothing. The examination may take up to 40 minutes.

Preparation: No fasting is required. Please drink 500mls of water 30 minutes prior to your examination. Bladder may not be emptied. Please wear clothes that are easy to adjust to allow us to scan sections of your abdomen. You may be asked to hold your breath for a short time during the examination.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient lies on the examination couch with their legs exposed. Underwear remains in place and we use towels to ensure modesty is preserved. The examination may take up to 40 minutes.

Preparation: Please wear clothing and shoes that are easy to remove and put on.

Varicose veins

Ultrasound images are obtained while the patient is either standing or tilted in a semi-erect position on a specialised examination couch. The legs are exposed. Underwear remains in place and we use towels to preserve modesty. The main veins are scanned from groin to ankle. We will ask you to breathe in a certain way at times and contract your calf muscles (this tests your valves). The examination may take up to 40 minutes.

Preparation: Please wear clothing and shoes that are easy to remove and put on.

Exercise Doppler Treadmill Examination

An exercise treadmill examination can confirm if the pain you feel when you walk is related to blood flow restriction to your muscles.

You will have a pressure test (Doppler perfusion pressure test)  before and after the treadmill test. This records the blood pressure in your foot and helps to compare blood pressure in your foot before and after exercise.

You are required to walk at a steady pace on a treadmill for approximately 5 minutes. Please let the operator know if this will prove to be an issue for you before the start of the test.

Preparation: Please wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking.