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Pediatric Imaging - Ultrasound

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound uses sound waves to take pictures of the inside of your body.  These sound waves create a picture that comes up on a computer screen.

What happens during an Ultrasound?

A sonographer will take you into a private scanning room.  The rooms are pretty dark so that the sonographer can see the images well.  Your child will be on a table for 30 minutes or longer. 

The sonographer will place a warm gel onto your child's body where they will be taking pictures.  The sonographer will slide a transducer over the area of interest.  The ultrasound test does not hurt and the sound waves will not hurt your child.  Parents are encouraged to stay with their child during the procedure.  During the test, your child will have to hold very still. 

Before the test

Before you come in for the exam, read through this material and explain to your child what will happen.  Bring a pacifier or a comfort item for your child to help comfort them.   

After the test

After the test is complete, your child can resume regular activity.  The report will be sent directly to the ordering physician.  Your child's physician will discuss the findings with you. 

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