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What can Armidale Ultrasound & X-ray do for you?

Armidale Ultrasound endeavours to provide a safe, reliable and affordable medical imaging service for our community. Centrally located and easily accessible with a family friendly atmosphere, its now easier than ever before to have your ultrasound or x-ray needs met. 

We provide all general ultrasound including leg arteries with ABI's, CVI studies, Nuchal screen with pre-eclampsia determination and incontinence scanning (cystocele / rectocele / enterocele).

As well as all general x-ray examinations.

We also incorporate 3D Baby Bonding, for all our community's 3D / 4D ultrasound needs.

3D Baby Bonding provides safe bonding ultrasounds for mothers and their family's to enjoy and to help establish or strengthen the bond with their new baby. You do not need a referral for the 3D/4D ultrasounds. (www.3dbabybonding.com.au)

Not quite sure what ultrasound is? Read the information below and put your mind at ease. 

 

What is ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to make an image of persons internal body structures. Highly trained sonographers use their complex machines to study many interesting things such as a developing baby, a persons abdominal or pelvic organs, muscles, tendons and even their hearts and blood vessels.  

A sonographer directs high-frequency sound waves from a small hand held probe at the internal body structures being examined. The sound waves are then reflected and are recorded to create an image that can be seen on the monitor. The high frequency of the sound means you cannot hear it - which is why it is called ultrasound.

An ultrasound is usually non-invasive and completed outside of the body, this is typical for joints, abdominal ultrasound etc. Sometimes an ultrasound probe will need to be inserted into a persons vagina (for obstetric or pelvic examinations) or rectum (for prostate examinations).

You can rest assured that our sonographer at Armidale Ultrasound will perform your examinations professionally, comfortably and with ease.

 




 

What is an X-ray and how can it help me?

An x-ray uses radiation to create a picture of the inside of the body. The x-ray beam is absorbed differently by various structures in the body, such as bones and soft tissues, and this is used to create the image. X-ray is also known as radiography.

X-rays can be used to diagnose disease and injury, including:

  • bone conditions — such as fractures, dislocations, bone infections or arthritis

  • chest conditions — such as pneumonia, collapsed lung or heart failure

  • cancer

  • blockages of the bowel

  • detection of foreign objects

    A plain x-ray is painless and usually takes less than 15 minutes. It can be done in a hospital or private radiology practice.

    During the procedure you’ll be asked to lie, sit or stand, depending on the part of the body being x-rayed. It is important not to move during the x-ray. A radiologist will then assess the images and send a report to your doctor.

    Are there risks with x-rays?

    Yes. An x-ray uses a small amount of radiation to create an image. Some types of x-ray, such as CT scanning and angiography, use higher doses of radiation than plain x-rays.

    That small amount of radiation might give people having x-rays a very slightly increased risk of developing cancer some years later.

    But there is also the risk that comes from not diagnosing a health condition.

    On the whole, it is wise to have x-rays that are necessary, but not ones that won’t help with treatment. Children should have alternatives to x-ray, such as an ultrasound, when possible.

    X-rays and pregnancy

    In pregnant women, x-rays expose the foetus to small amounts of radiation. The dose used is so low that it is not usually a concern, however it is best to avoid exposing the mother’s abdomen to any radiation if possible.

    A different test may need to be used.

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Monday         07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday        07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday   07:30 - 17:00
Thursday      07:30 - 17:00
Friday           07:30 - 16:00 
Saturdays by appointment only.

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