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Commonly Asked Question

Self Pay Patients (those without OHIP coverage)

These patients will need to pay for their examinations on the day of service. Fees are as outlined in the OHIP Schedule of Benefits, and range between $50 and $200.

  • For more information regarding the fees due for your specific examination, call our direct line at 519-773-3683.
  • Cash or cheque only.

Why do I have to be fasting for an Abdominal Ultrasound?

Food in the digestive tract causes the ultrasound images to be of poor or non-diagnostic quality, resulting in limited information provided to your doctor. If your preparation specifies “fasting” – no food is to be taken prior to your exam. Small sips of water may be taken to relieve thirst.

Why do I fill my bladder for a pelvic or obstetrical ultrasound?

The bladder is like a balloon within the pelvis. When it is fully distended, it provides a “window” into the pelvis so that the uterus, ovaries, and surrounding structures can be evaluated. Do your best to be as full as possible for your examination, by following the preparation as listed here in our “preparation” menu, or on the back of the requisition.

Will there be Child Care available during my examination?

No, there is no child care provided during your examination. Bring along another adult to stay with your children while you are having your Ultrasound.

How long will the examination take?

Most ultrasound exams take between 15 and 30 minutes.

How long will it take for my doctor/Nurse Practitioner/Midwife to get the results of my Ultrasound?

We attempt to have reports to the ordering practitioner in 2 business days. It is your responsibility to follow up with your doctor to obtain the results of the ultrasound. The sonographer will not share diagnostic information with you at the time of the examination.

Is it a Boy or a Girl?

Depending on many factors such as the age of the baby, and its position, sometimes it is possible to determine the sex while in utero.  If you wish to know your baby’s gender, the sonographer will attempt  to evaluate the fetus for this information, and results will be included in the report to the ordering practitioner. You must be 20 weeks or more to determine the gender.

Will I get a Picture of my Baby?

A picture of the baby is a wonderful keepsake of the baby, and  we will make every effort to  provide you with the best picture possible, at no charge. This also will depend on the age and position of the baby.

A CD of pictures is also available for those who wish to have multiple images.  Because this takes more time, there is a fee for this service.  Speak to the sonographer before your examination begins.

Patients are welcome to have family members join them in the examining room when the picture is being taken.