Ultrasound

Your doctor may have you undergo an ultrasound if he/she wants to see the inside of your body on a tv screen to check for anything not normal, such as blood flow, kidney or gall stones, or anything irregular.

What the procedure involves

An ultrasound is not invasive, meaning that nothing will have to go into your body including a needle. The test does not involve any radioactivity. The doctor or nurse will place a jelly like substance over the area that they will look at. Then they will move around a small device over the area they want to see. The image of the inside of your body will show up on the tv screen.

Before/During/After the procedure

Your doctor will instruct you about what to do to prepare for the procedure, since the instructions may vary by child.

During the test, you will need to stay as still as possible. The test may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Afterwards, you will be able to go home and return to normal daily activities. Your doctor will contact you in a few days with results.