Here at Vascular One Ultrasound, we realise that undergoing a vascular examination can be a confusing and worrying process. To make the experience less stressful for you, we have put together a collection of some of the most commonly asked questions. If any of your questions are not answered below, please feel free to call us on 02 4953 9811
1. Is there any pain involved with having the scan? Can I drive after my vascular ultrasound?
A: No pain or discomfort should be experienced as we only use ultrasound. There are no needles or dyes used and you can drive home after your examination.
2. What is the cost of my vascular ultrasound?
A: If you are on a Government Pension or Healthcare card you will be Bulk-billed, so there is no cost at all. Our private fees are set lower than our competitors, meaning lower out-of-pocket expenses for you.
3. If I am a private paying patient can I claim money back through Medicare?
A: Yes, all of Vascular One Ultrasounds scans are eligible for the Medicare rebate. The amount varies depending on which scan you are having, and this information will be given to you when you make your appointment. We can lodge your claim with Medicare via Medicare online.
4. Do I need to make an appointment?
A: Yes you do. Our examinations vary in length from 30-90 minutes and you may also require some instructions before your scan. Please call us on 02 4953 9811 to book your appointment for either Kotara or Nelson Bay.
5. Can I claim my out of pocket expenses through my private Health fund?
A: No. Your private health fund will only assist you with payment of a vascular ultrasound scan if you have the scan while you are a hospital inpatient and not an outpatient.
6. When will my Doctor have the results of my vascular ultrasound?
A: Most doctors will receive the results on the same day or the following morning. Some Doctors with older systems in place may require delivery by courier, which will take 2-3 days. For urgent results, we can give you an interim result that you can take back to your Doctor the same day.
7. Do I have to fast for my vascular ultrasound?
A: Only scans on abdominal blood vessels require fasting. The leg artery scan also requires fasting, as atherosclerotic disease (narrowings or blockages) in the aorta or its major branches in the abdomen can significantly impact the blood supply to the legs. Insulin-dependent diabetic patients also do not need to fast. You will be given instructions at the time of making your appointment and you will be given a morning appointment so that you do not have to fast for too long.
All other scans do not require fasting.
8. Why do I have to fast?
A: We fast you so that we minimise the amount of abdominal gas (a natural by-product of the digestive process) in the intestines which overly the arteries and veins in the abdomen. Ultrasound waves cannot pass through this air/gas and so may affect the quality and accuracy of the scan result.
A leg artery scan also includes scanning of arteries in your lower abdomen and you will be asked to fast for this examination.
9. Is there wheelchair or trolley access?
A: Yes, there is ambulance/wheelchair/walker access via a gently sloping ramp. We also have a trolley bay area for hospital or nursing home patients on stretchers.
10. Does a Doctor sign the Vascular One Ultrasound reports?
A: Yes we have experienced diagnostic Radiologists, based in Newcastle, who sign our diagnostic medical reports. Radiologists are specialists who have diagnostic qualifications and who work with ultrasound and Doppler on a daily basis.
11. What about urgent/critical results?
A. The sonographer performing the examination will personally phone the referring Doctor if there is an urgent or critical result. The results can then be forwarded to a Vascular Specialist of your, or your Doctor's choice.