An Ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to make an image of a person’s internal body structures, is safe for use during pregnancy and generally non-invasive.

Common reasons for Ultrasound scanning include investigations of a person’s abdominal and pelvic organs, musculoskeletal and vascular systems, and to check foetal development during pregnancy.

What to expect?

Preparing for an Ultrasound, our staff will inform you if you need to do anything prior to your scan.

Preparation for some scans could include;

  • full bladder: drinking 4 glasses of water 2 hours prior to your appointment
  • fast: nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours prior to your appointment


If you have diabetes, and a fast is required, discuss the management of the fast with your doctor.

If you have any questions, ring our department and ask to speak to one of our nursing staff.

What is a Ultrasound Interventional?

If your Doctor has ordered an Interventional procedure please note that these are invasive and performed using imaging machines for guidance, such as biopsies or injections. 

In most instances, a preliminary scan will be performed to locate the exact point to be injected. Our specialist radiologist uses Ultrasound scanning to guide a needle into your body for the purposes of taking a tissue biopsy or injecting anaesthetic/anti-inflammatory drugs.

What preparation is required for an Ultrasound Interventional?

Take all your medication as normal.
If you are on blood thinners, please contact our nursing staff on 5320 4270, to discuss as soon as possible.

What does an Ultrasound cost?

All Medicare rebateable services provided by Grampians Health Ballarat Radiology are bulk-billed and no additional fees are charged.

Out-of-pocket fees apply for non-Medicare rebateable services.


Commonly Asked Questions?

Do I need to bring my referral?

Yes, we are unable to do your scan without a referral. If you forget to bring your referral, we will have to reschedule your appointment.

Do I always get a picture of my baby?

No, we endeavour when possible to provide one, however it is dependent on the test requested and the position of your baby at the time.

Can I take photos or videos during an Ultrasound exam?

No, you cannot take audiovisual recording without prior written consent from the Sonographer.

Can I bring children to my scan?

Yes, however they need to be supervised by an accompanying adult.

Can I bring people to my scans?

Yes, however we ask you keep it to two (2) adults at a maximum.

I have a referral from another imaging provider, can I have my test at Grampians Health Ballarat Radiology?

Yes, we accept all referrals/requests

Where do I find Radiology?

Radiology is located behind the Emergency Department, closest to the Mair Street entrance of Grampians Health Ballarat.

Is there a drop-off area and what parking is there available?

Yes, there is a drop-off and pick-up zone available within the multi-storey car park (there is no fee for drivers using the drop-off zone and staying less than 30 minutes).

Do I need to make an appointment for a Ultrasound scan?

Yes, bookings are essential. 

How long does it take for my results to come through?

Please allow up to 2 working days for non-urgent results to be sent to your referring doctor. We are unable to give your results to you.

Ballarat Base Hospital


1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350


03 5320 6553 or 03 5320 4270

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5 pm
Emergency Radiology is available through the Emergency Department outside of these hours.

To access this service you must have a referral from a medical provider. Appointment required

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