Northern Ultrasound for Women

COVID-19 Ultrasound Protocol

We are operating as normal but are taking all appropriate precautions and complying with Government COVIDSafe regulations to ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff.

We are screening every patient prior to attending their appointment. Our rooms are sanitised daily with extra cleaning of high touch-point areas. Hand sanitizer and sanitized pens are provided for each patient.

Air purification systems with internal UV-C have been installed in the waiting and ultrasound rooms.

Social distancing is in effect, temperatures are checked on arrival and the wearing of face masks is mandatory by patients and accompanying person while in the waiting room and during appointment.

We have implemented the following protocols:

    • Requesting patients with pre-booked appointments to call ahead of the appointment if experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms - fever (+ 37.5 deg. C), cough or shortness of breath, sore throat, aches and pains, loss of taste or smell (see or have been in contact with another person with known or suspected of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Requesting patients to attend the appointment alone or strictly one support person (adult) to attend and for the support person to be free of all COVID-19 symptoms and comply with all screening criteria.
    • Strictly no children under age 16 to attend the appointment.
    • Requesting patients and any support person to wear a face mask, disposable masks will be provided if necessary but it is advised to bring your own face mask.
    • Ensure you have responded to your SMS appointment confirmation as evidence of your appointment, if asked to show evidence by authorities.
    • Support person will be required to provide contact details using our QR Code, to comply with DHHS regulations for the purpose of contact tracing
    • On the day of your appointment, you may be asked to wait outside the waiting room for a short period to comply with social distancing rules.

Our reception staff will be asking screening questions ahead of appointments. We’re confident that patients will understand why they are asked to wear a mask or asked to defer appointments if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Our Doctors and Sonographers will be wearing P2/N95 masks as protective equipment.

Northern Ultrasound for Women is not equipped to cater for infection isolation, therefore if you are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should contact your GP, referring doctor or the emergency department immediately.

Our priority is keeping our patients and staff members safe whilst maintaining the highest standards of ultrasound imaging and service. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our helpful staff on 9457-1466.

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Northern Ultrasound for Women, Suite 8 Level 2, 8 Martin St,
Heidelberg 3084
Tel 03 9457 1466
Fax 03 9457 1400

Our Doctors.


Bio Summary:

Dr. Shawn Choong completed his specialist training in Melbourne having commenced his career in obstetrics and gynaecology in Dublin Ireland, transferring to the Mercy Hospital for Women in 1992. 

He has been a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist sonologist at the medical imaging department of the Mercy Hospital for Women for well over a decade now and founded Northern Ultrasound for Women in 2004 as the first practice to provide tertiary level women's ultrasound imaging in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. At the Mercy Hospital for Women, he also works with the Perinatal Medicine Department performing complex prenatal procedures such as fetal blood sampling and transfusion. 

Having completed his term as chair of the obsterical and gynaecologial ultrasound committee (COGU subspecialty oversight) at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr. Choong maintains his commitment to education by examining for the COGU subspecialty as well as for the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM). In 2016, Dr Choong was the recipient of an ASUM award recognising his years of service to obsterical and gynaecologial ultrasound. 

Dr. Choong is also a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist sonologist at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit, Sunshine Hospital - Western Health.

His extra curricular duties include involvement in the overseas development aid sector as a board member for CBM Australia. 

Shawn, his wife, son and dog share a passion for sailing.



Bio Summary:

Dr. Lisa Begg is a obstetrician gynaecologist with subspecialty qualification in maternal-fetal medicine and is a consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital. 

Lisa brings to the practice a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ultrasound diagnosis and counseling of high risk pregnancies such as multiple pregnancy, intrauterine growth restriction, fetal abnormality and maternal medical conditions. 

A mother of three gorgeous school aged children Lisa enjoys balancing her work and family life. 

Pro bono work includes her position as the chairperson of examinations within the maternal-fetal medicine subspecialty of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as well as contributing as a member of The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity which provides advice to the minister for health on these issues.


Dr. Alison Fung, MBBS (hons), FRANZCOG, DDU, CMFM

Bio Summary:

As a consultant obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Mercy Hospital for Women Alison has managed to balance this with her own private obstetrics practice as well as caring for her four beautiful children. 

Alison has a special interest in fetal ultrasound and diagnostic procedures. 

Her hobbies include Tae Kwon Do, tennis and golf.


Dr. Virginia Tai FRANZCOG, DDU

Bio Summary:

Dr. Virginia Tai is a very welcome addition to our team not just because she is a dedicated sub-specialist with the highest qualifications in obstetrical and gynaecological ultrasound but also because of the affability and attention to detail always evident in her patient care. 

For these reasons Dr. Tai is a busy consultant sonologist working at three tertiary services in Melbourne, with a public hospital appointment at the Royal Women’s in Parkville and we are particularly blessed to have Virginia choose Melbourne over Sydney to further her career and set up a home. 

At our practice Virginia is particularly sought after by patients who want to converse fully in their native Mandarin or Cantonese. 

In her spare time Virginia’s hobbies include the challenge of baking, a love for travel and seeking new dining experiences.