Ultrasound Lab

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One of our new Ultrasound machines (2012)

By Appointment only (8 years & up)

Due to the volume of patients, staff working on Saturdays are not able to book appointments for you at this time.

Hours:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Holidays: Closed

Tel: (416) 461-9471

Since 2008, we use digital imaging. This allows for a more rapid turn-around of information, better storage, easier comparisons and the ability to integrate with electronic medical records.

Services

An ultrasound test is a diagnostic technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the organs and structures of the body. The test can be used for many purposes including obtaining views of a developing fetus, the heart, abdominal organs and blood vessels.

During the procedure, sound waves are sent through the body by a device called a transducer. The sonographer will apply a colorless, odorless gel to the body part being examined, which allows the transducer to move freely across the surface of the body. The echoes that are generated are then transmitted to a computer monitor. Ultrasound examinations are painless and harmless. Because no radioactive material is used in the procedure, there is no risk of harm to a developing fetus.

Ultrasounds are performed by a Registered Sonographer, and the results are read by a radiologist specially trained in interpreting ultrasound images.

We conduct the following types of Ultrasound tests:

  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Early obstetrical – Nuchal translucency (early Down’s Syndrome screening)
  • Echocardiography
  • General ultrasonography
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Obstetrical
  • Pelvic (trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal)
  • Surface ultrasound
  • Testicles
  • Thyroid

Patient Preparation

Appointments are necessary but emergency patients can be accommodated. (Please call ahead).

What you need to do before your appointment:

  • Bring any documentation your family doctor gave you including the referral requisition.
  • Bring your provincial health card.
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Examination
    • Nothing to eat or drink except water for 8 hours before your exam.
    • You will be instructed to drink 1 litre of water with specific start and stop times depending on your scheduled appointment time. You may not use the washroom until your test is completed.
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
    • Nothing to eat or drink except water for 8 hours before your exam.
  • Pelvic and Pregnancy Ultrasound
    • You will be instructed to drink 1 litre of water with specific start and stop times depending on your scheduled appointment time. You may not use the washroom until your test is completed.

 

Picking up your images:

Your images are available on a CD (compact disk).

Please note:

  • CD’s are not prepared in advance.
  • You may obtain a CD – Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5pm.
  • CD’s are not available on Saturdays.

Languages

English