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Welcome to Dayton Children’s. Your child is going to have an ultrasound. It is very important for both you and your child to be prepared for the procedure. Being prepared will help you get your child ready for the test and support him/her through it. The information in this handout describes the ultrasound. It is designed to answer your questions and help you explain the test to your child. This information does not replace information given to you by your physician or other members of your child’s health care team.

What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a special test that uses high-frequency sound waves to make pictures of your body. These sound waves pass through the skin into your child’s body. As the sound waves reach different body parts, echoes are sent back to the ultrasound machine. Different types of tissues, blood, bone, and fluid produce different echo atterns.

What happens during an ultrasound?
Your child will be positioned on the bed next to the ultrasound machine. A warm lotion will be applied to your child’s skin to allow good contact between the skin and the ultrasound machine. Two parents may accompany the child into the ultrasound room. Other family members will be asked to wait in our waiting room.

What will my child feel during the ultrasound?
Your child will feel the warm lotion applied on the skin. An ultrasound test does not cause pain.

How can I help prepare my child for the ultrasound?
It is important to tell your child what to expect, including the different sensations he/she may feel. For infants, no preparation is necessary, as long as you understand the procedure. Toddlers require very simple preparation and explanation just before the procedure begins. Older children require more detailed information in advance. Adolescents should be prepared far enough in advance to give them time to ask questions. When you arrive for your appointment, a staff member will discuss the procedure in an age appropriate way with your child. They will address any concerns that you or your child may have. Our goal is to decrease your child’s anxiety and make this a positive experience. Your child will be in the room about 30 minutes.

How can I help my child during the ultrasound?
Many times the mere presence of a parent or caregiver is enough to soothe a child. If your child has a special toy or blanket that provides a sense of security to them, please bring the item with you. Many children benefit from distraction. The staff in ultrasound may use toys, bubbles, books, and videos to divert your child’s attention.

What happens after the ultrasound?
There are no restrictions after the exam. Your child may resume normal activities. A report will be sent to your referring doctor, usually within a week. For further questions about this test, please call Dayton Children’s Medical Imaging Department: 937-641-3888 or 1-800-228-4055.

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Corregido: 2005

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2005


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