Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is very high frequency sound waves (1-17 Mhz in diagnostic ultrasound). The sound waves are transmitted into the body by the camera called a transducer. The waves reflect off the different tissues with the returning echoes detected by the transducer. The machine transforms these echoes into amazing pictures which can be viewed as a real time image. The technology is stunning.

Is it Safe?

Yes. Diagnostic ultrasound scans are safe for you and your baby.
Ultrasound is the only type of imaging that is used routinely to monitor pregnancies.

What is a transvaginal scan (internal scan)?

A transvaginal scan is performed with a thin transducer (ultrasound “camera”) placed in the vagina. This scan normally gives the best images of the uterus, ovaries and other pelvic structures and is excellent for looking at very early pregnancy.  The scan is normally simple and painless. The bladder is emptied and the patient covered with a sheet. A sterilised transducer with a protective cover and gel is used. The patient guides the transducer into position and the scan performed.

It is the patient’s choice to consent to an internal scan.

Can I still have a transvaginal scan if I have my period?

Yes. Transvaginal scans can be performed at any time during the menstrual cycle, including while you are having your period, but in some cases, another ultrasound may need to be performed after the next period. The preferred time for a pelvic scan is just after the period has finished, if possible.

Why do I need a full bladder?

A full bladder helps to push bowel gas (which blocks the ultrasound) out of the way and acts like a window allowing good views.Please visit our Patient Preparation section for more information.

For a female pelvic scan, most people do not need a full bladder for good scans, however sometimes we may ask you to drink more water to fill the bladder, if bowel gas is in the way.

If a transvaginal (internal scan) is to be performed, a full bladder is not required.

When is the best time to find out the sex of a baby?

The 18-20 week anatomy scan (also known as the morphology scan) is a good time to determine the sex of the baby. Sometimes if the baby is not in a good position we may not be able to get a good view. It is possible to determine the sex earlier in pregnancy, such as the nuchal scan, but this is a less reliable time.

Your Scan

How do I make an appointment?

Once you have a signed referral form

1. Phone our rooms and talk with our friendly receptionist.

phone: (09) 277 4495

OR

2. You can email us with your details from our web site and we can contact you.

email: botany@www.advanceultrasound.co.nz

Do I need a referral form?

Yes. A signed ultrasound referral form from your health professional is legally required for us to perform your scan.

Can I use a different referral form?

Yes. Any ultrasound referral form signed by your health professional is acceptable.

What will happen during my appointment?

Please visit our What to Expect Section for more information.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

a. Your referral form

b. Growth chart (if you have one for pregnancy scans)

c. All previous images and reports if you have them (i.e. X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI)

d. Your Advance Ultrasound USB memory stick if you have one from a prior examination.

How do I prepare for my scan?

Please visit our Preparation Section for more information.

Will I get pictures from my scan?

Yes. Sample images can be provided for you on an official Advance Ultrasound USB memory stick in JPEG format. These are available for purchase on site for a small fee.

How long will my scan take?

15- 45 minutes depending on the type of scan.

May I bring a support person to my scan?

Yes. Support people are most welcome, however, we may only have enough room for 1-2 extra people. If there is a language difficulty, we invite you to bring an interpreter.

Will I be charged for my scan?

There is no charge for all ACC and some NZ resident pregnancy scans.

Please visit the Pricing Section of the website for a comprehensive list of charges for all other scans.

Patients 70yrs and over $50.00 reduction on all fee paying examinations.

Do you do 4D scans?

Yes. 4D scans are best when the baby is over 26 weeks and up to 30 weeks. The fee includes all electronic images on an Advance Ultrasound USB memory stick and a print of the best image. A signed referral form from your midwife or referrer is required. If you have been referred for a growth scan and are between 26 to 30 weeks a 4D scan can be performed after your growth scan as a separate procedure, this requires additional time and must be booked in advance.
Please visit the Pricing Section for up to date fees.