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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test, and we invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the test and how you can help.
An ultrasound is a picture taken with sound waves of the tissues and organs inside your child’s body.
Ultrasounds are done at the Department of Pediatric Radiology of Children’s Hospital. In the room will be an ultrasound technologist who is experienced in taking ultrasounds of children. You will see a bed and the ultrasound machine with a type of wand attached. You might explain to your child that the wand is a small camera for taking pictures of inside his or her body and that he or she will be able to watch the ultrasound pictures as they are being taken on the computer screen. If your child has any questions, the ultrasound technologist will be happy to answer them before the test.
Depending on the kind of ultrasound your child is having, he or she may be asked to either remove, pull up, or pull down pieces of his or her clothing. When your child is ready, the test will begin.
We welcome your help and support during this test. Two parents or guardians are invited to join your child in the examination room. Other adults and children must wait in the waiting room.
The ultrasound technologist will show you where to sit or stand in the examination room during the test. Please follow the instructions of the medical staff performing the test.
When the ultrasound technologist has taken all the pictures needed and wiped the gel off of your child, he or she will check with a pediatric radiology doctor to make sure the pictures are clear, which takes only a few minutes. The doctor will often come into the room to help the technologist take additional pictures. When the ultrasound technologist and pediatric radiology doctor are satisfied with the pictures, the ultrasound is finished.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Children’s before your child’s ultrasound and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs.
Preparing your child beforehand, as well as comforting your child during the test, will help your child have a more positive experience. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to explain tests to children. If you have any questions about ways to prepare or support your child, or feel your child will have difficulty during the test, please call the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Children’s and ask to speak with the child life specialist.
Department of Pediatric Radiology
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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