Ultrasound Lab

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One of our new Ultrasound machines (2012)

By Appointment only

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