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Ultrasound at Phoenix Children's

At Phoenix Children's, we embace the concept of "Image Gently" and ultrasound is a great alternative to radiation exposure for the children we see on a daily basis.

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound or sonography is a technique that uses sound waves to study organs within the body. Ultrasound for children and teenagers is non-invasive and uses a transducer that scans over an area of the body being studied. This ultrasound translates the sound waves to create a digital image. The most common ultrasound procedure is to examine a child's kidneys.

Ultrasound imaging is performed to evaluate the:

  • Kidneys
  • Brain
  • Chest
  • Spine
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
  • Appendix and pylorus
  • Thyroid
  • Reproductive organs
  • Organ transplants
  • Arteriol and venous of the neck, extremities and abdomen
  • TCD

What Happens During an Ultrasound?

One of our sonographers will escort your child into one of our scanning rooms. The rooms are fairly dark so that we can see the screen (like a movie theater). While your child lies on a soft table, the sonographer will place warm lotion onto your child’s body and take images. The sonographer will slide a device called a transducer across the part of the body being examined. Sometimes during ultrasound, a radiology doctor comes in and takes some images as well. The ultrasound test does not hurt, and ultrasound waves will not harm your child.

The tests take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Parents are allowed to stay with their child during the test. Have your child wear loose clothing. During the ultrasound test, your child will need to lie fairly still on the table, so it is a good idea to bring a favorite toy or book.

What to Expect - Before You Arrive

When you arrive to the Imaging Department, sign your child's name in at the registration desk located on the first floor of the Main Building, across from the Gift Shop. When your child's name is called, our staff will complete the proper paperwork with you.

Review our helpful tips on what to expect before you arrive.

Note: Be sure to bring any related documentation such as physician notes and prior images to your child’s appointment.

Contact us

For more information or to make a referral, please call 602-933-1213.

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