Ultrasound 

Ultrasound is an imaging test that’s ordered for diagnosing problems with internal organs that are causing swelling, infection and pain. Using sound waves to create these images, ultrasound pictures show the liver, kidneys, abdomen and pelvic organs. An infant’s hips and spine can also be evaluated because their boney structures have not yet matured. Because sound waves are used, there is no exposure to radiation. We offer appointments at several of our convenient locations.

The only preparation that may be required is for your child not to eat or drink before the scan. Here are some more specific guidelines:

Abdominal Ultrasound (Complete and Limited)

Preparation Guidelines:

Infant - 1 year:

  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK 4 hours prior to exam

  • 1 year - 5 years:
  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK 6 hours prior to exam/li>
    5 years – up:
  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK after midnight/li>
    For Pyloric Stenosis:
  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK 3-4 hours prior to exam, equivalent of holding one feed
  • Gallbladder Ultrasound

    Preparation Guidelines:

    Infant - 1 year:

  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK 4 hours prior to exam

  • 1 year - 5 years:
  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK 6 hours prior to exam

  • 5 years – up:
  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK after midnight
  • Pelvic Ultrasound

    Preparation Guidelines:

    Patients must have a full bladder for exam (The bladder will have to be catheterized and filled with sterile water if the patient cannot drink.)

    Infants - 3 years old:

  • Give liquids 1 hour prior

  • 3 - 6 years old:
  • Give 12-20 ounces of non-carbonated liquids 1 hour prior to exam

  • 6-10 years old and up:
  • Give 20- 32 ounces of non-carbonated liquids 1 hour prior to exam

  • 10 years and up:
  • Give 32 ounces of non-carbonated liquids 1 hour prior to exam
  • Pyloric Ultrasound

    Preparation Guidelines:

    Nothing to eat or drink 3-4 hours prior to exam equivalent of holding one feed

    Paracentesis/Thoracentesis Ultrasound

    Preparation Guidelines:

    Up to 6 months or age:

  • Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to study

  • 6 months and older:
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the day of the study
  • Retroperitoneal Ultrasound

    Preparation Guidelines:

    Patients must have a full bladder for exam (The bladder will have to be catheterized and filled with sterile water if the patient cannot drink.) DO NOT urinate before the exam.

    Infants - 3 years old:

  • Give liquids 1 hour prior

  • 3 - 6 years old:
  • Give 12-20 ounces of non-carbonated liquids 1 hour prior to exam

  • 6-10 years old and up:
  • Give 20- 32 ounces of non-carbonated liquids 1 hour prior to exam</LI
    10 years and up:
  • Give 32 ounces of non-carbonated liquids 1 hour prior to exam
  • Ultrasound-Guided Cyst Aspiration or Biopsy

    Preparation Guidelines:

    Patient should not have any aspirin for 10 days prior to procedure.

    The following labs listed below must be obtained within 14 days of the procedure. If there are additional concerns within the 14 days prior to the procedure the labs may be obtained the day before the procedure.

    1. Platelets
    2. Hemoglobin
    3. PT/INR
    4. PTT

    Contact Information

    Pediatric Imaging Department
    Wolfson Children’s Hospital
    800 Prudential Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    Phone: 904.202.8888

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