Neonatal Head Ultrasound

What is a Neonatal Head Ultrasound?

Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of tissue inside the body; it does not use X-ray or radiation. Neonatal Head Ultrasound is used to evaluate the infant brain and identify abnormalities.

Before the Exam

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. For the best experience please properly prepare for your appointment:

  • Your infant may eat as normal.
  • No special preparation is required.
  • Do not bring children other than your infant(s) with you to your appointment. For their safety children are not allowed to accompany you in the exam room. Staff are unable to monitor children.

During the Exam

  • A registered sonographer will perform the exam.
  • Your child will typically lie on their back on an exam table.
  • Warm gel will be placed on your child’s head. The gel is needed for sound waves to travel and create images.
  • A small device, called a transducer, will be moved over the gel to create images on the ultrasound monitor. Several images and measurements will be recorded.
  • It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the exam.

After the Exam

  • Your child can resume their normal diet and activity immediately following the exam.
  • A radiologist reviews the images and prepares a report for your child’s provider. The results of your child’s exam will be given to you by the ordering clinic.
  • Follow-up care is a key part of your child’s health. Be sure to make and go to all appointments and call their primary care provider if you have questions.

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

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