Ultrasound Scans

Dr Etherington is a fully accredited provider of ultrasound scans through the HDAA (an approved accreditor appointed by the Department of Health).

Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images. The sound waves are transmitted into your body from a small handpiece (called an ultrasound probe) that looks a bit like a microphone. Some of these waves are reflected and are processed by the ultrasound machine to form pictures. (This is the same way the navy looks for submarines.) These pictures are shown on a TV screen and recorded. Dr Etherington is a fully accredited provider of ultrasound scans through the HDAA (an approved accreditor appointed by the Department of Health).

Ultrasound has been around for about 60 years now and studies have shown that it is a safe technique with no harmful side effects

Dr Etherington performs ultrasound scans for both obstetric and gynaecology cases.

If you are pregnant we can perform viability and growth scans in the examination room.

Nuchal scans (a screening test for Down Syndrome) and detailed morphology scans (when you are 18-20 weeks pregnant) are organised through dedicated radiology/ultrasound providers in Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Emerald, Biloela, Gladstone or Brisbane.

If you are having an abdominal scan

You will be shown into the examination room and asked to lie down on the examination chair. A warmed jelly-like substance will be placed on to your skin on the area of interest. The sound waves don’t travel through air so this allows transmission of the sound waves into your body. A probe is moved across your abdomen. This produces sound waves that will form images. You will be completely unaware of these sound waves and there should be no discomfort during the examination apart from a little pressure.

If you are having a vaginal scan

This procedure is only performed with your consent and in the area your doctors are concerned about. Dr Etherington will perform this scan in the presence of the practice nurse. He will explain in detail what is involved. Remember, you are under no obligation to have this done although ovaries etc are seen well and clearer images are taken with this method of scan. The sterilised probe will be covered by a protective sheath and is inserted into the vagina before being manipulated very gently to show the anatomy of the pelvis.

HDAA - CQ Well Women