Pediatric Ultrasound

What is an Ultrasound?

  • An ultrasound is a large camera that helps doctors understand more about the tissues and organs inside the body. These painless exams help doctors see images in further detail.
  • A special wand covered in a jelly-like substance is often used to help the wand slide across the skin.  Some children say the jelly feels cold.
  • Ultrasounds may take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on how well the child cooperates.
 

What to Expect During the Procedure

Step 1: Getting Ready
  • You and your child will be walked from the waiting room to the ultrasound room where you will see a computer on wheels and an exam bed.
  • Your child may be asked to change into a hospital gown and lie on the “picture bed” for the ultrasound.

Step 2: Taking Pictures
  • The technologist will put a jelly-like substance on the ultrasound wand part to begin to take the pictures.
  • The technologist will place the wand on the body part being examined.
  • As mentioned above, remind your child that the ultrasound does not hurt and the jelly is cold.  The wand might even tickle.

Step 3: Results
  • Your doctor will contact you in about 48 to 72 business hours.
Contact Radiology
305-663-8413

child receiving ultrasound

Service Locations

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

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