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

Prenatal Screening Tests versus Diagnostic Tests

Prenatal diagnostic testing is used to determine whether your baby has a chromosomal abnormality. The most common types of prenatal diagnostic tests available are chorionic villus sampling (often simply called “CVS”) and amniocentesis (often simply called “amnio”).

We are experienced at performing chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis at Northern Ultrasound for Women.

Chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis are different from prenatal screening tests such as nuchal translucency scans.

Prenatal diagnostic testing is considered an invasive way of determining the presence or absence of a chromosome abnormality. These tests involve putting a needle into either the placenta or amniotic sac of the developing pregnancy and hence they are associated with an increased risk of miscarriage. These tests are usually performed only in certain situations.

Prenatal diagnostic testing (CVS and amniocentesis) provide a definitive diagnosis of a chromosome abnormality.

For example, CVS/amniocentesis will tell us either

  • the baby definitely does not have a chromosome abnormality, or
  • the baby definitely has a chromosome abnormality.

This is different from the results of combined first trimester screening (nuchal translucency scan and specific blood tests). First trimester screening is a “screening” test only and does not provide a definitive answer. First trimester screening simply tells us if the risk of your baby having a chromosome abnormality is high or low.

First trimester screening gives us an indication of whether we should worry about your baby based on these results. If we are worried about your baby, prenatal diagnostic testing will be offered.