Women lying down next to a sonographer getting an ultrasound

    Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive, painless test that is performed using a smooth hand-held transducer. The transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves into your body, of which are reflected from different body tissues to produce a real time moving image on a screen.

    It is used extensively during pregnancy, and to assess many organs and superficial parts, as well as the heart and blood vessels. Areas of pain, swelling or infection can be directly assessed in real time. Because it’s readily available and cost-effective, it is often the first diagnostic test ordered for abdominal, pelvic and musculoskeletal pain.


    Read all the instructions given to you by your doctor or provided by us, as you may be required to fast depending on the type of imaging. Wear clothing that will provide easy access to the area requiring imaging. Please bring any previous, relevant examinations for comparison. If you have diabetes, or you are on any medication, please contact us to check special preparation instructions, and our staff will advise of any specific preparation. Please visit the links below for further information.


    During the examination a water based gel will be applied to the skin over the area to be scanned to improve the transmission of sound waves between the body and the ultrasound transducer. To get the best possible images the sonographer may ask you to hold your breath or move your position so the best images can be obtained.

    On occasion, a radiologist may need to speak with you and perform some ultrasound scanning as well, in order to clarify what has been shown in the images and ensure the question asked by your referring doctor is answered accurately.


    One of our radiologists will interpret the ultrasound and provide your referring doctor with a comprehensive report about the findings. It is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results.


    Ultrasound is a safe examination which provides excellent imaging without any known risks.

    Not all causes of pain show on ultrasound, so further testing may be required. Ultrasound does not involve ionising radiation, making it ideal for pregnant women, their babies, and children. The sonographer will set the equipment to the lowest intensity necessary to achieve high quality images. The results of your scan will be sent directly to your referring Doctor, and it is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results.

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Ultrasound Elastography (also known as ARFI) is quickly becoming the new gold standard for fast and accurate diagnosis and monitoring of chronic liver disease. It is used to stage the severity of liver disease by measuring the ‘hardness’ of the liver tissue and fibres, which can be an indication of liver fibrosis.  This is determined by measuring the time a vibration wave, or shear wave, takes to travel to a particular depth inside the liver.

Accurate diagnosis and staging of liver fibrosis is essential for the prognosis and management of chronic liver disease. ARFI provides a non-invasive alternative to painful liver biopsy.

Instead of manual compression, ARFI technology allows the tissue to be compressed by an acoustic ultrasound beam. One advantage of this approach is that the acoustic beam is focused at the region of interest.  This maximizes the local displacement of tissue compared to at the skin surface with uncontrollable stress being applied in deeper tissues.

Using ARFI to assess liver disease

Liver function tests and transient ARFI are non-invasive, sensitive and accurate tools for the assessment of liver fibrosis and for the discrimination between cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic liver.

ARFI imaging offers the possibility of performing a quantitative measurement of the elasticity of the hepatic parenchyma during conventional ultrasound evaluations, without requiring additional transducers or other equipment.

Ultrasound Elastography (ARFI) is now replacing liver biopsy as the gold standard in detection and monitoring liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatitis associated issues.

Before the scan

The patient will be required to fast for 4 hours prior to their appointment.

During the scan

ARFI is straight forward and painless. The patient will be asked to lay on their back and the test typically takes about 10 minutes to perform.

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