Frequently Asked Questions

PREGNANCY FAQs

Is ultrasound safe?

Ultrasound has been around for many years and is used all the time in the medical field. So far, no hazardous effects have been documented. It is important to have your scan carried out by a trained professional as they know how to control the intensity of the ultrasound energy going into your body.

What is a transvaginal scan and when is it performed?

Sometimes the information gained from scanning the pelvis from the top of the abdomen is insufficient when attempting to image clearly or make a diagnosis. In the event of this circumstance, a thin ultrasound probe is covered with a sheath and is lubricated. Once inserted into the vagina, the probe is gently moved from side to side in order to examine the appropriate organs. Most women are able to tolerate this examination pretty well. If at any stage pain should be experienced, the sonographer will meet the patient’s request to discontinue the scan.

Which scans require a full bladder?

If you are under 12 weeks pregnant a full bladder can help with visualisation of your baby.

When can I find out my baby’s gender?

The gender is best determined from about 16 weeks onwards. Our specialist sonographers are highly trained in the identification of genitalia anatomy. Unfortunately 100% accuracy is something that can never be guaranteed.


Medical (non-pregnant) FAQs

Do I need a letter from my doctor to have a medical scan?

Yes, we require a referral letter from your doctor in order to carry out your scan.

Will my health insurance cover my scan?

We don’t deal directly with the different health insurance companies. We ask for payment from you at the time of the scan and issue you with a receipt to submit to your health insurance. Some health insurances will cover in full, others will give you part of the money back and others will not cover the scan at all. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their health insurance prior to the scan re the above.

Who will report my scan?

A clinical specialist sonographer will carry out your scan and a consultant radiologist will report your scan. Our sonographers are fully qualified and well experienced at performing numerous ultrasound scans. We utilise the reporting services of Global Diagnostics Ireland. Their consultant radiologists report for many clinics and hospitals in Ireland.

When will I get my results?

A report will be sent to your GP within 48 hours after your scan.

What is a transvaginal scan and when is it performed?

Sometimes the information gained from scanning the pelvis from the top of the abdomen is insufficient when attempting to image clearly or make a diagnosis. In the event of this circumstance, a thin ultrasound probe is covered with a sheath and is lubricated. Once inserted into the vagina, the probe is gently moved from side to side in order to examine the appropriate organs. Most women are able to tolerate this examination pretty well. If at any stage pain should be experienced, the sonographer will meet the patient’s request to discontinue the scan.

Which scans require a full bladder?

We require you to have a full bladder if you are coming for a pelvic or renal (kidney) scan.