You do not need an appointment for an X-ray or Dental OPG – simply attend one of our practices with your referral and we will fit you in.
For all other scans – CT, Ultrasound, MRI, Mammography and Injections – you will need to make an appointment prior.
Preparation can vary depending on the type of scan and the body part being scanned.For CT and MRI that require IV Contrast, you will need to keep well hydrated and nothing to eat 2 hours prior to the scan.
Ultrasounds of the abdomen and pelvis usually require you to fast or have a full bladder.Some injections require you to stop taking blood thinning medications.
The receptionist will inform you of the preparation at the time of booking.
This will depend on the type of scan.
An X-ray or OPG will only take 5-10 minutes.
Ultrasound, Mammography and CT usually take 15-20 minutes.
MRI is variable between 20-60 minutes.
Diagnostic scans are generally painless.CT or MRI that require IV Contrast will require a small needle, similar to a blood test.
During an Ultrasound you may experience some pressure from the probe on your skin.You may experience some pain and discomfort during an Injection or Biopsy, however we use local anaesthetic for most of these.
Despite what you may hear, the radiation levels used in diagnostic scans are very small and are considered safe to have every now and again. CT scans use slightly higher radiation levels than x-ray and mammography, but they are still well within safe limits.
Radiation can be harmful to unborn babies so please tell a staff member if you are (or think you may be) pregnant before having your scan.
Allow 24-48 hours for your scan results. These will be electronically sent back to your referrer. You can collect your images and results from our practice after this time if needed.
Yes, generally our services are not covered by Medicare and there will be charges applicable.