Pediatric Abdominal Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The sound waves' echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow. This can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess damage caused by illness.

Pediatric Abdominal Ultrasound Preparation These instructions are IMPORTANT. Please follow them.

  • Your child should be dressed in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for an ultrasound exam.

  • Other preparation depends on the type of examination. For some scans, you will be instructed to withhold food and drink for as many as 12 hours before your child's appointment. For others, you may be asked to have your child drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to the exam and avoid urinating, so that his or her bladder is full when the scan begins. Sedation is rarely needed for ultrasound examinations.