What Is An Ultrasound?


An ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure which is usually performed by a Sonographer (a Technologist with specific post-graduate qualifications) or on occasion by a Radiologist (a Doctor).
Ultrasounds can only be performed when a referral has been received from a Medical Practitioner.
At Goulburn Valley Imaging Group (GVIG) we have a highly skilled team of Sonographers of both genders. If you would prefer a certain gender, please advise the reception staff when making your booking so that we can try to accommodate your request.

Types Of Ultrasounds

Ultrasound can be used to examine many different areas of the body. These may include:

  • Pregnancy ultrasound
  • Abdomen (eg. Liver,  Kidneys)
  • Pelvic
  • Musculoskeletal (eg Tendons, Muscle, Ligaments)
  • Small Parts (eg Thyroid, Testes, Lumps and bumps)
  • Vascular (Arteries and Veins) also known as Doppler
  • Ecocardiography (Heart)
  • Paediatric (Children’s scan eg Hips, Renals)
  • Interventional (guiding of needles into correct area)

Preparation For My Ultrasound

When you make your appointment for your ultrasound, the receptionist will provide you with information regarding the preparation you will need to undertake prior to your examination.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact us prior to your appointment so that we can assist you.


Sound energy is used during ultrasound. From studies to date there are no known harmful effects from diagnostic ultrasounds.

What Will Happen During My Ultrasound ?

During your ultrasound, the Sonographer will ask you to lie on a couch next to the ultrasound machine. They will apply a clear gel to the area to be examined to help the ultrasound probe make secure contact with the body and to eliminate air pockets between the probe and the skin.
The Sonographer, presses the probe firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth.

After The Ultrasound

After your ultrasound, the images, measurements and observations taken by the Ultrasonographer will be viewed by the Radiologist.
The Radiologist will then prepare a report for your doctor. This report should be received within 24 hours. If you have a doctor’s appointment already scheduled please let our staff know so that we can ensure your report is sent to your doctor prior to your appointment.

Further Questions

Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact us and ask to speak to a Radiographer or the Practice Manager.