During the Ultrasound
After you check in for your appointment, your sonographer will lead you and your child to the ultrasound room. While parents will be allowed to accompany their child into the room, it might be helpful to make other arrangements for siblings. There will be a large machine in the room that looks like it has a TV screen. The sonographer will explain the procedure to you and your child. Your child will lie on a bed on their back and/or front, depending on the exam being performed.
The sonographer may ask your child to change into a gown or remove clothing to expose the area to be examined. You will be encouraged to sit next to and support your child in a comforting position.
The sonographer will then place some warm gel on your child's skin and look at the area of interest with a transducer (we call this a “camera” or probe). The sonographer operates the equipment and glides the transducer over the patient's skin. The sound waves bounce off the internal structures, creating a digital image seen on the monitor. The lights in the room will be dimmed so the sonographer can properly see the monitor. A typical ultrasound appointment takes 30 minutes to one hour.
Watch the video below to see what happens during an ultrasound:
After the Ultrasound
After the exam is completed, the sonographer will step out of the room to review the images with a pediatric radiologist. The radiologist will determine if the exam is complete or if additional images are needed.
If more imaging is necessary, a radiologist may come into the exam room and look at the monitor while the sonographer takes more images. Sometimes, a radiologist may even scan your child.
Once the exam is complete, you and your child can leave. Your child may eat and drink as usual, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
After the images have been reviewed by the radiologist, the results will be reported directly to your referring physician. Your referring physician will discuss the findings and the plan of care with you.