Abdominal ultrasound (2128)

Key points below

Your child’s abdominal ultrasound is scheduled for (date) ___________ at (time)_______________ in the Radiology (Imaging) Department.  

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What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is not an x-ray. It uses sound waves to make images of body parts so the doctor can look at the soft body parts. You cannot hear or feel the sound waves. 

What do I need to know before the ultrasound?

Your child will not be able to eat or drink before the test. Please follow these directions. 

0 to 6 months old: nothing to eat or drink for 3 hours before the ultrasound.
7 months to 3 years old: nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours before the ultrasound.
4 to 6 years old: nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before the ultrasound.
7 years and older: nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours before the ultrasound.

Following these directions is very important to making sure the ultrasound works best. 

What happens during the ultrasound?  


A doctor who has special training in reading ultrasounds, called a radiologist, will look at the pictures at the end of the test. The radiologist may ask you some questions before you leave the hospital. A report of the ultrasound is sent to your child’s doctor within 24 hours. Your child’s doctor will talk to you about the results. 

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.