Division of Medical Imaging
Ultrasound is a method of taking pictures of people using sound instead of x-rays. Ultrasound shows the size, shape and position of things inside the body by using high frequency sound waves. Short pulses of this sound are sent into the body and when the echoes bounce back they are used to build up a picture.
At the WCH ultrasound is used in both children and in women.
How to access the service
A referral letter or request form is required from your doctor prior to booking a study.
An appointment should be made for all studies. Appointments may be made by telephoning (08) 8161 6055.
Information for families
Our aim is to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you and your child while getting the information that your doctor requires.
We encourage a parent or guardian to stay with children during the ultrasound. Ultrasound studies may take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour. Keeping your child still for this time can be difficult. Younger children may need to be entertained and persuaded to keep still. Bringing a favourite toy to cuddle may make them feel more comfortable.
Many of our studies require special preparation. Instructions will be given at the time the appointment is made. If these instructions are not followed it may not be possible to carry out the study and a new time will need to be booked so please be sure to follow instructions carefully.
For ultrasound done in pregnancy the best views are obtained if there is fluid in the bladder. You will be given instructions about drinking for your scan at the time your appointment is made.
Your doctor may obtain a Medical Imaging requests form from the administrative staff. Phone (08) 8161 6639.
Information sheets for ultrasound in both children and women are available from Medical Imaging enquiries phone (08) 6161 6639.
last modified: 19 Dec 2018