Do I need to make an appointment for my scan?

You do not need an appointment for an X-ray or Dental OPG – simply attend one of our practices with your referral and we will fit you in.

For all other scans – CT, Ultrasound, MRI, Mammography and Injections – you will need to make an appointment prior.

What preparation is required for my scan?

Preparation can vary depending on the type of scan and the body part being scanned.For CT and MRI that require IV Contrast, you will need to keep well hydrated and nothing to eat 2 hours prior to the scan.

Ultrasounds of the abdomen and pelvis usually require you to fast or have a full bladder.Some injections require you to stop taking blood thinning medications.

The receptionist will inform you of the preparation at the time of booking.

How long does my scan take?

This will depend on the type of scan.

An X-ray or OPG will only take 5-10 minutes.

Ultrasound, Mammography and CT usually take 15-20 minutes.

MRI is variable between 20-60 minutes.

Is my scan painful?

Diagnostic scans are generally painless.CT or MRI that require IV Contrast will require a small needle, similar to a blood test.

During an Ultrasound you may experience some pressure from the probe on your skin.You may experience some pain and discomfort during an Injection or Biopsy, however we use local anaesthetic for most of these.

Should I be concerned about radiation from my scan?

Despite what you may hear, the radiation levels used in diagnostic scans are very small and are considered safe to have every now and again. CT scans use slightly higher radiation levels than x-ray and mammography, but they are still well within safe limits.

Radiation can be harmful to unborn babies so please tell a staff member if you are (or think you may be) pregnant before having your scan.

How long will my scan results take?

Allow 24-48 hours for your scan results. These will be electronically sent back to your referrer. You can collect your images and results from our practice after this time if needed.

Is there are any charges?

Yes, generally our services are not covered by Medicare and there will be charges applicable.

If you have any questions regarding charges or would like to know more information, please contact our friendly staff on admin@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or corrimal@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or call us on (02) 4249 2710.