Ultrasound is an imaging technology that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the human body. These images provide valuable information to diagnose and treat disease.
Ultrasound is an especially valuable tool when imaging children because it is noninvasive, there is no radiation and the exam is painless. However, a full bladder is required for several exams. In those cases your child may experience some mild discomfort as the sonographer (ultrasound technologist) guides the transducer over their body.
Ultrasound examinations are very sensitive to motion, so it is best if your child holds as still as possible during the examination. To ensure a smooth experience, it often helps to explain the procedure to the child before the examination. You may also consider bringing books, small toys, music and/or games to help distract the child and make the time pass quickly.
Ultrasound is used for various kinds of examinations of your child’s body, including:
The sonographers at Lurie Children's are specifically trained in exams unique to children. They are required to earn a Pediatric Sonography credential through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).