Pediatric Ultrasound

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a type of imaging that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the body part being scanned.

A small instrument or “wand” called a transducer is placed directly on the skin along with clear ultrasound gel to create the images.

Why is my child having an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is used to diagnose and treat different medical conditions.

How long does an ultrasound take?

An ultrasound can last 15 to 30 minutes but more complex scans can take longer. The time depends on the area and organs being scanned.

What preparation is needed for the ultrasound?

Preparation for the ultrasound is different depending on the part of the body being scanned. You will receive instructions before the test if there is preparation needed for your child's study.

What happens during the ultrasound?

What can I do to help put my child more at ease during the ultrasound?

Remember, your presence is a comfort to your child. Please try to plan for alternate care for siblings on the day the test is scheduled.

What happens after the scan?

After the ultrasound your child can eat and drink normally. The results will be sent to your doctor.



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