Ultrasound is a simple noninvasive test that uses sound waves to provide valuable information about the internal organs of your child’s body.
Ultrasound is a safe, painless, noninvasive test that cannot be heard and cannot be felt by your child.
If your child needs an ultrasound or if you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 456225.
Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years we've had many enquiries about how a typical Paediatric ultrasound session might proceed. These are some of the most common questions:
Ultrasound is a picture of part of the inside of the body using sound waves of a frequency above the audible range of the human ear. A small hand-held sensor (probe), which is pressed carefully against the skin surface, generates sound waves and detects echoes reflected back from the surfaces and tissue boundaries of internal organs. The probe can be moved over the skin to view the organs from different angles, with the pictures are displayed on a screen and recorded for subsequent study.
Ultrasound images complement other diagnostic imaging modalities and are widely used for many different parts of the body.
Ultrasound does not use any ionising radiation such as x-rays thus there is no exposure for patients.
Though an ultrasound is painless, some children may be nervous about undergoing an unfamiliar procedure. If your child is old enough to understand, you can help alleviate any anxiety by explaining what will happen during the ultrasound. Your child may wish to bring a toy or blanket from home to provide a sense of security during the scan. Also, depending on which part of your child’s body is being scanned, electronic games or other hand-held devices can provide a distraction during the procedure. Of course, you should let your child know that you will be right there the entire time to provide reassurance and support.
A Paediatric ultrasound provides an excellent opportunity for your child’s doctor to provide good management and care when diagnosed early.
Your child will be invited to sit or lie on a bed in a darkened room. Parents are invited as well for reassurance. The clothing surrounding the area to be examined will be removed or lifted out of the way. The sonographer will apply a small amount of clear gel to the area being scanned then the camera (called a transducer) will be gently moved across the area on the body to be examined.
Black, grey and white images will appear on a screen and the sonographer will save all relevant imaging to be sent to a Consultant Radiologist for interpretation.
A typical scan usually takes about 20 minutes and can provide your child’s doctor with critical information.
Generally, no. Occasionally it may be necessary to apply pressure with the sensor over certain areas to get clearer images of the anatomy being looked at.
No. Ultrasound scans do not use radiation to obtain images and are considered to be very safe.
The consultant radiologist will read your ultrasound scan. Global’s promise is that your doctor will receive the results within 48 hours of your exam being completed, but typically this is much sooner.
In 2017, a review of our ultrasound service showed:
- 62% of reports were issued on the day of the exam
- 89% were issued within 24 hours
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If you have any further queries, please call us to talk to our radiographer or our administration team, on 1800 456225.