You will attend the Medical Imaging Department for examinations that your doctor has ordered, such as an x-ray or ultrasound scan.
An x-ray examination is painless and quick. The examination will involve lying on an x-ray table, or standing against it, depending on the type of x-ray your doctor has ordered.
An ultrasound scan will involve lying on a bed. Gel will be placed on your abdomen (the area around your stomach) and a scan probe will move across your skin. The sonographer, who performs the scan, will guide you through the examination on the day.
If you need a transvaginal scan, this will be explained to you and will only be done if you consent to the examination.
Find us at:
163 Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria 3084
Level 3, Mercy Hospital for Women
On-site signage and indicators
Look for the Medical ImagingX-ray/UltrasoundSigns are blue background with white writing signs on-site.
Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm
What to do before
Please check the date and time of your appointment at least one week before you are scheduled to visit.
If you are unable to keep this appointment, please contact us at medical imaging on 03 8458 4300, so that we can use this appointment time for somebody else.
Car parking spaces can be difficult to find at a busy hospital. Please leave extra time to find a parking space so that you do not miss out on your scan.
You should be seen at your scheduled appointment time. If we are running late, we will inform you if possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to perform the scan if you are more than 10 minutes late.
Please ensure that you follow any requirements on your letter for fasting or drinking.
What to bring
Please bring the following to your appointment/admission:
- your appointment letter
- your Medicare Card
- if you are having a 20-week routine scan and wish to purchase a DVD, please bring $20 (cash only).
What to expect on the day
Although your visit may only be for a 30-minute appointment, allow an hour for the complete experience. If the patient before you has had significant difficulties, or there has been an emergency, your appointment may be delayed.
Your husband, partner, or support person is welcome to join you for the examination.
The sonographer needs to concentrate to get exactly the right image. For this reason, we suggest that young children do not attend. Please note, there are no childminding facilities in the hospital.
A short video or DVD can be made of your 20-week pregnancy ultrasound scan at a cost of $20 (cash only). Please let the reception staff know if you would like this video.
In the department, you might meet:
- a receptionist, who will process your booking
- a sonographer, who will perform your ultrasound scan
- a radiographer, who will take your x-ray
- a radiologist, who will report your scan or x-ray.
You will usually have an idea of what the ultrasound has shown at the end of the scan but the final report will only go out later, after a doctor has seen the images and reported them. Your own doctor will confirm the report with you when you next see them.
For health professionals
The Medical Imaging Department offers a general radiology service including CXR, AXR, ultrasound (general, neonatal, paediatric, obstetric and gynaecological) and some procedural work.
Procedures include hysterosalpingogram, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, fetal blood sampling, micturating cystourethrogram, barium meal (adult and paediatric), barium enema (adult and paediatric), urethrogram, cystogram, saline hysterography, and ascitic paracentesis.
We also perform deep endometriosis scanning. For this, the patient is given specialised preparation instructions when they book.
The department is open from 8.30am-5pm.
Phone: 03 8458 4300
Fax: 03 8458 4241
Additional contact details
We do not make any appointments without a doctor’s referral. We do not make appointments over the telephone, even if you have the referral at home with you. Please fax referrals to us on 03 8458 4241.
Mercy Hospital for Women
163 Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria 3084
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