The Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Pediatric Ultrasound Department is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and consist of a unique team of board certified sonographers with more than 50 years of combined experience. We offer a full range of general and vascular ultrasound procedures tailored specifically to meet the special needs of children. The tests are painless, patient friendly and usually do not require sedation.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound pictures show the organs inside the body. Instead of bones, which x-ray pictures show, ultrasound pictures show the organs such as the liver, kidneys, brain, appendix, pylorus and pelvic organs. Infant hips and spine can also be evaluated because the bony structures have not yet matured. Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves rather than x-rays. Therefore, there is no exposure to radiation.
What should you do to prepare your child for a pediatric ultrasound exam?
- Avoid gas-producing food (carbonated beverages, beans, etc.) for one day before the examination.
- The child should not have a barium study during the previous two days before the examination.
- Infants-2 year old children and those weighing less than 25 pounds should not eat or drink for four hours before the ultrasound.
- Children ages 3-8 and children over 25 pounds should not eat or drink for six hours before the ultrasound.
- Children age eight and older should not eat or drink for eight hours before the ultrasound.
- Tests in the following areas always require preparation: pelvis, neck, thyroid, gall bladder, billiary tract, and pancreas. Read the detailed Preparation Guidelines.
- Doppler studies require no ultrasound preparation.
Who performs the exam?
A trained registered sonographer with experience in pediatric imaging will perform the pediatric ultrasound examination. Sometimes the radiologist, who is also skilled in performing ultrasounds, will come into the room to watch or perform the examination.
What happens after the test?
The technologist or nurse gives you special instructions and tells you when you may leave. You will receive the results of the study from the doctor who requested the test. Call your child's doctor if you have not heard anything after three days. You may also speak with the radiologist.