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Neonatal Head Ultrasound

A neonatal head ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to show what is inside your infant’s head.

No radiation or X-rays are necessary. The ultrasound is used to evaluate your infant’s brain to detect any abnormalities.

Before the Ultrasound

  • You may feed your child normally. No special preparation is required.

During the Ultrasound

  • A registered sonographer will move a hand-held device called a transducer over your infant’s head after it has been coated with gel. The gel is used to help the sound waves travel more easily and thus, produce a clearer image.
  • Pictures of your child’s head will appear on a video screen and several images and measurements will be recorded.
  • A neonatal head ultrasound takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

After the Ultrasound

  • A radiologist who specializes in reading ultrasound will study the images from your examination and send a report to your physician.
  • Your physician will contact you with your results within 3-4 days.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO