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Pediatric Ultrasound Exam

Common Ultrasound procedures include Abdomen, Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ/Gallbladder/Liver), Pylorus, Appendix, Renal (Kidney), Bladder, Pelvic, Neuro/Neonatal Head/Neonatal Brain, Transcranial Doppler, Thyroid, Scrotal (Testicular), Spine, Hip, Hip Effusion, Superficial Mass

How Ultrasound Works Ultrasound exams, also called Sonograms, help doctors to look at the appearance of organs or organ systems in the body. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves that cannot be heard by the human ear. Ultrasound does not use radiation and is perfectly safe. For most ultrasound studies, your child will be laying down on a stretcher. We use “cameras” that are attached to a machine that looks like a big computer. Each computer has several “cameras” attached to it that look like a wand. The sonographer rubs this “camera” around on the area that your doctor wants examined and takes images for the radiologist to interpret. After each picture is taken, you may hear a “whoosh” or a “ding” sound. This just lets the sonographer know that the image was recorded. The high frequency sound waves that the camera uses do not travel well through air, so we use ultrasound gel to help get the sound waves into the body. The gel looks like a transparent green lotion.  The gel is warmed so it is not cold on your child’s skin. For all exams, you will be allowed to stay in the imaging room with your child. Each test takes a different amount of time depending on the type of test and child’s tolerance level (sometimes they need breaks).

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