Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses sound waves to create images. Ultrasound does not use radiation.
An abdominal or renal ultrasound is useful for imaging of organs and soft tissues. It is used to take "pictures" inside of the body of different organs such as the gall bladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen and urinary bladder.
During the exam, your child will lie on a soft. The sonographer will place lotion on your child's skin; this will help the ultrasound camera glide smoothly across the skin. The ultrasound camera is small and looks like a computer mouse. Patients are required to remain still during the ultrasound. It does not hurt and sometimes tickles. The average ultrasound takes 30 minutes depending on the procedure.
To you help you prepare your child for an ultrasound, we have provided the following information in a downloadable, printable format:
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Referring physicians: To schedule your patient (inpatient/outpatient), call 682-885-4076. You'll find referral forms on our appointments page.
Patients: For questions regarding your child's appointment, to reschedule or cancel, please call 682-885-4076. Schedulers are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your doctor's office may have given you some directions to follow. If these directions are not followed correctly, your child's appointment may be delayed or rescheduled.
Preparing for your visit
If your child has been referred to us for a test and/or procedure, we will contact to you to schedule an appointment. At that time you will also be given any special instructions necessary to prepare for your visit, depending on what services your child will be receiving.