At Wollongong Diagnostics, we recognize that these types of tests can be stressful. Knowing what to expect before your visit can not only help you feel better about your experience but can also help you and your doctor make the most of your recommended diagnostic test.
We hope that the information provided here is helpful in answering most of your questions about medical imaging and in alleviating some of the reservations you may have. Please feel free to discuss any additional questions or concerns with our staff on;
Wollongong (02)4226 1777
Warrawong (02)4231 4788
Corrimal (02)4249 2710
Women's Imaging (02)4225 3715
We endeavour to accomodate most of our patients as walk-ins. Any patients who need preparation for their examinations are given an appointment. To make an appointment you can phone our practice enquiry line on (02) 4226 1777 (Wollongong Rooms), (02)4231 4788( Warrawong Rooms) and (02)4225 3715 (Women’s Imaging Suite) to organise a booking directly.
Please continue with usual medication on the day of your procedure, unless otherwise advised. For children and diabetics, please discuss preparation at time of booking appointment.
- GENERAL XRAY & OPG
- No preparation required.
- CT SCAN
- Brain / Head / Neck / Chest / Abdomen / Pelvis
- Please do not eat for 2 hours prior to examination. Drink water only.
- Upper Abdomen
- Please do not eat, drink or smoke for 6 hours prior to examination.
- Renal / Pelvic / Pregnancy
- Empty bladder 1.5 hours prior to appointment, then drink 1 litre of water within the next hour and hold for 1 hour prior to test. Bladder must be full at the time of the examination.
Please bring request forms, previous scans and xrays for comparison.
If you are still unsure, feel free to contact us: (02) 02 4226 1777.
When you attend for your appointment, please also remember to bring:
- Your doctor’s referral
- Your Medicare and/or Veterans’ Affairs and/or Pension-Health Care card
- Any X-ray / Ultrasound examinations you may have had performed within the last 12 months.
(X-rays) are bulk billed where ever medicare rebates are applicable. We charge a small gap fee on CT scans, ultrasound and imaging guided interventions. Depending on the type of test you are having, any costs will be explained. Your examination will be Bulk Billed if you’re on a valid Health Care Card or Pension Card. Please feel free to discuss any issue related to billing, claims and expenses with our helpful, caring staff.
Wollongong Diagnostics expects that you settle payment on the same day the service is provided. Our staff will notify you of this requirement when you arrive for your appointment. Please discuss with our staff before you arrive for your appointment.
At Wollongong Diagnostics, you can settle your account using cash, Eftpos or credit card as per your convenience. If for any reason, you are not able to do the payment on the same day, please contact (02) 4226 1777.
Because of the digital nature of modern imaging, your films will be ready shortly after your examination is completed. The study and reporting of these images by our specialists may take longer. You can choose to wait for your results or the report can be sent to your doctor by email or fax. Your doctor may also choose to access your results through our secure, state-of-the-art online facility.
Contrast media is used in a number of types of examinations to highlight blood vessels and blood flow in various parts of the body. Contrast is a clear fluid that shows up as white on x-ray images. It is usually given via an injection into a vein in the arm.
Patients are advised to expect a sensation of heat, an unusual taste or smell, or a sensation in their bladder during and immediately following the contrast injection. These symptoms are considered normal and last for only a short period of time.
The contrast is filtered from the body by the kidneys and is excreted in the urine within 3-5 hours of the initial injection. Patients are encouraged to drink additional clear fluids following their examination to assist kidney filtration.