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Neonatal Ultrasound

Neonatal Brain

While the anterior fontanelle ("soft spot") of a newborn baby’s skull is open, ultrasound used in this region yields superb images and can be used in the newborn period (up to the age of six months) to examine the brain and the cerebral blood vessels. It can often (although not always) be used instead of a CT scan, is painless and requires no sedation or preparation. 

 


Neonatal Hips

Ultrasound of the hips has become a first line assessment if the paediatrician feels a "hip click" on routine postnatal examination of the baby. It can assess hip dysplasia, instability and dislocation and often (although not always) prevents the need for x-rays of the hip.

The examination is safe and painless. Many babies cry when being examined by doctors, particularly if they have to lie or be held still in position. This is normal!  We recognise that mothers can be distressed by the thought of possible abnormalities in their children and take all possible steps to make the examinations as quick and as stress free as possible. It helps if baby is fed just before the ultrasound study as it will then be more relaxed and sleepy.

 

 

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