X-ray or scan films
Made an appointment? Here is what you should know:
Preparing for an Ultrasound
Prior to an ultrasound scan of the pelvis, pregnancy or kidneys, you will need to have full bladder. Drink 1 litre of water based fluids starting 1.5-2 hours prior to your examination and finish by 1 hour prior to your examination. You must have a full bladder for these examinations.
For ultrasound scans of the gallbladder and upper abdomen, you are required fast for 6 hours prior to your appointment time.
Preparing for a CT scan
Prior to a CT scan of the abdomen, pelvis, head, neck or chest, you are required to fast for 4 hours prior to your appointment.
No preparation is required for CT scans of the spine.
How does my medication affect my scans?
You may still consume your usual medication with a sip of water during your fasting times.
What to expect at your radiology examination
We are always on hand to advise you as to the specific preparations you need to make when you visit any of our Adelaide radiology clinics, or our Tannum Sands clinic in Queensland. However, here are some useful guidelines so that you can be prepared in advance of your X-ray, ultrasound, interventional radiology, OPG or multislice CT scan appointment.
- It is always helpful if you can wear loose, accessible clothes to your examination. This is because you may need to remove some items of clothing (including tops or bottoms) in order for your examination to be performed.
- You may be asked to remove any jewellery, depending on the type of examination you are having. Therefore, it’s a good idea to wear as little as possible on the day of your appointment.
- When you arrive at any of our Adelaide radiology clinics, our friendly team will greet you and ensure that you have all of the necessary referral information. This will include information from your referring clinician, your contact details, and your Medicare and/or pension card details. We require this information each time you visit, so even if you have been to Australian Radiology Clinics before, please ensure that you have this information with you.
- It is always helpful if you can arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment. Once you have checked in with our receptionist, you will be asked to take a seat in the waiting room until your technician is ready to begin your examination. If your radiology exam requires you to complete additional paperwork, you will have the opportunity to do this while you wait for your scheduled appointment time.
- Once your examination has been performed, you will be given two slips of paper to present to the receptionist. You will then be asked to sign two separate forms. After this, you will be required to wait until your films are processed. Once this has been done, your x-rays or images will be sent to your referring clinician electronically via a secure digital service and you will be able to take the hard copy of your images with you.
- If you would like your electronic images and radiology report to be sent to a different clinician (rather than the one who referred you to Australian Radiology Clinics), please let us know and we will be happy to arrange this for you.
At Australian Radiology Clinics, we are happy to accept patient visitors from overseas. We also accept Workcover claims, motor vehicle claims, insurance claims, as well as all Medicare and DVA eligible examinations. We bulk bill most Medicare eligible examinations (conditions apply).
Our friendly and experienced team is always on hand to discuss the requirements for our bulk billing radiology services, as well as any other information you need about our procedures or making an appointment.