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Having an ultrasound is safe and painless. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging is also called ultrasound scanning or sonography.
It uses a small probe called a transducer and gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves travel from the probe through the gel into the body. The probe collects the sounds that bounce back. A computer uses those sound waves to create an image.
Ultrasound exams do not use radiation (as used in x-rays). Images are captured in real-time, meaning they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs. They can also show blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Children's (pediatric) abdominal ultrasound imaging produces pictures of the abdominal organs.
For the ultrasound exam, you'll lie on your back. Our sonographer will place a transducer — a small plastic device that sends and receives sound waves — over your abdomen. The reflected sound waves will be digitally converted into images on a monitor.
The ultrasound doesn't hurt, and you can return to your usual activities immediately.
Preparation will depend on the type of exam. When scheduling your child's ultrasound, ask if there are specific instructions for eating and drinking prior to the exam. Your child should wear loose, comfortable clothing and may be asked to wear a gown.
A parent or legal guardian being present is mandatory during the scan.
- help determine the source of abdominal pain, such as gallstones, kidney stones, abscesses or an inflamed appendix due to appendicitis
- help detect the presence and cause of an apparent enlarged abdominal organ
- identify the location of abnormal fluid in the abdomen
- help determine causes of vomiting in young infants
The sonographer will be able to tell you the results of the scan at the time of visit. You will also get a detailed ultrasound report to file with your maternity notes.
Follow-up exams may be needed. If so, your doctor will explain why. Sometimes a follow-up exam is done because a potential abnormality needs further evaluation with additional views or a special imaging technique. A follow-up exam may also be done to see if there has been any change in an abnormality over time. Follow-up exams are sometimes the best way to see if treatment is working or if an abnormality is stable or has changed.
The scan results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.
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