Shear Wave Elastography

As Australia’s first private practice to offer shear wave elastography privately, we continue to bulk bill this service for all valid Medicare card holders, and promise minimal waiting times. This innovative technique is used to assess the level of fibrosis, or scarring, of the liver. Reducing the necessity for painful liver biopsies, shear wave is both non-invasive and pain free.

Overview

Whilst standard ultrasounds use ultrasonic sound waves to build up an image of internal tissues, shear wave elastography does this, and also measures the elasticity of the tissue. The degree of elasticity of the tissue reflects if there is any fibrosis or scarring to it and, if so, the extent of this.

Shear Wave Elastography Preparation

When attending your appointment, please bring your referral from your medical practitioner, Medicare card and all other relevant health care cards, and any existing films or reports relating to the region being scanned. To allow adequate time to conduct the procedure, please ensure you arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.

To prepare for a shear wave, you are required to not eat, drink or smoke for 8 hours prior to your scan. Please inform our staff at the time of booking if you are a diabetic.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your examination, our staff are more than happy to assist, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scanning

To assist with conduction of the ultrasound waves, ultrasound gel will be applied to your abdomen. A hand held probe, which transmits, receives and consolidates the ultrasound waves, will then be moved over your stomach. This process does not cause any discomfort or pain. It typically takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the investigation and obtain the images required.

Results

Your referring practitioner will receive the images from the scan immediately via our online portal. Once one of our specialist doctors (radiologist) has reviewed and assessed your scan, the report will be sent to your practitioner either electronically, or by fax.

Following your scan, Marina strongly advises that you return to your physician to discuss your results and subsequent treatment.


Frequently Asked Questions

1What is the difference between shear wave elastography and shear wave ultrasound?
There is no difference. They are simply different names for the same examination.
2Does shear wave elastography use radiation?
No. Shear wave elastography functions in the same manner as standard ultrasounds; transmitting and collecting inaudible ultrasound waves through a handheld probe. The ultrasound waves are both harmless and non-irritating to adults, children and even unborn babies.
3Is the sonographer able to check other areas that I have concerns about?
No. The sonographer is only able to investigate the region/s specified on your referral form by your practitioner. However, should you have any other questions or areas of concern, please discuss these with your sonographer as they may assist in the diagnosis of the condition being investigated.
4Can my sonographer tell me the results from the scan?
You will receive all findings from your scan from your referring practitioner. The responsibility of the sonographer is to perform and produce high quality images for the radiologist to interpret.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 0 XRAYS
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