General ultrasound services coming to Yukon’s community hospitals


Beginning January 2020, the Government of Yukon and Yukon Hospitals will improve access to care for Yukoners across the territory by introducing general, non-urgent ultrasound services at Dawson City and Watson Lake community hospitals.

Ultrasounds will be provided by a sonographer visiting each of the community hospitals with portable equipment for approximately one week every two months. The goal of offering general ultrasounds in community hospitals is to improve access to care for Yukoners across the territory.

Based on usage and referral trends in the territory, this service is expected to provide nearly 450 general ultrasound exams per year. The availability of general ultrasounds in community hospitals will help reduce the need for Yukoners to travel to Whitehorse, which means less disruption to their home and work life. This will be beneficial for patients, family members and the environment.

Urgent and emergent ultrasounds will continue to be completed at Whitehorse General Hospital, which has advanced equipment and specialized supports in place for patients needing these services.

For more information, visit Dawson City Community Hospital or Watson Lake Community Hospital.

Did you know?

  • Ultrasounds use soundwaves to create images of internal body structures. They help physicians assess a wide range of conditions in the abdomen and pelvis by examining the liver, appendix, kidneys, and bladder, in addition to obstetrical (fetus) ultrasounds.
  • Ultrasound exams are performed by sonographers, also known as ultrasound technologists. Yukon Hospitals will work with a locum sonographer to provide this service in the community hospitals.
  • Community hospitals will offer general ultrasounds, which usually include abdominal, pelvic and some obstetrical tests.
  • Whitehorse General Hospital receives almost 9,000 ultrasound requests per year. Providing 450 ultrasounds in the community hospitals represents approximately five per cent of the total for Yukon. 
Last Updated:Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:18