Paediatric Ultrasound one area
Seeing your child with internal pain or a worrying lump is extremely challenging for any parent or guardian. At Midland Health, therefore, we offer private paediatric ultrasound appointments at short notice, helping you to get answers as soon as possible. We aim to get you seen by an experienced paediatric sonographer within 24 hours of expressing your concerns with us.
At our advanced clinic in Birmingham, we can not only offer a wide range of ultrasound scans with the latest technology, but we have the paediatric experience to ensure your child is comfortable throughout. For all our services, our patients are at the centre of our approach and course of action. When it comes to paediatric care this is no exception.
Paediatric ultrasounds are an efficient way to get to the source of a diagnosis. Through a painless, non-invasive method, physicians can get a clear picture of your child’s internal organs and tissue using sound waves. The imagery produced, also known as sonography, shows in real-time what your child is experiencing internally.
At Midland Health, we have expertise and facilities to carry out a range of different paediatric ultrasounds, including:
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An ultrasound machine comprises a video monitor, a computer console and a transducer. The transducer is a hand-held device that is often described as looking like a microphone. An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to produce a picture of what’s going on inside your child’s body.
The transducer that is used will be directly related to the type of ultrasound scan that your child is booked to have. Transducers can vary in capabilities; this device emits inaudible, high-frequency sound waves that pass through the skin and into the body. The returning echoes of the waves, their amplitude and frequency, are what help the computer produce an image.
During the ultrasound, your child will be asked to sit or lie down on a bed in a darkened room. Of course, parents are welcomed in for reassurance. Depending on where the scan is, the clothing in this area will need to be removed or held out the way.
Next, a clear gel will be applied to the area and a transducer camera probe will be moved across the surface of the skin. The camera will project black, white and grey images onto a screen. Your sonographer will be saving these images and sending them to your referring Midland Health GP, other doctor or paediatrician, allowing them to get to the source of the problem.
Ultrasounds are an extremely useful medical tool. Unlike x-rays, sonography can provide a window into the internal workings of the body without using any harmful radiation.
With real-time imagery, it is possible to not only locate the source of a child’s pain but also visualise the structure and movement of their organs. The technology involved is advanced enough to show blood vessels and the blood supply flowing through. When a paediatric sonographer captures the images and video loop of the internal workings, they are also able to see a wide range of conditions. This list is inclusive, but not exhaustive of the following:
Vascular Malformations - As ultrasound imagery can show blood vessels and blood flow, it is possible to discover blockages and problems here. Untreated issues can be extremely serious, especially if they impede airways and blood flow to organs.
Pyloric Stenosis - This is the opening between the stomach and the small intestine. Normally, food passes between the two via the pyloric valve. However, if there are blockages here known as gastric outlet obstructions, babies and children can suffer from projectile vomiting, hunger, stomach pains, bowel movements and dehydration.
Intussusception - A very serious condition which occurs when the one intestine slides into the adjacent intestine. This telescopic movement can block fluid and food moving within causing bowel obstruction and even blocking the blood supply.
Vocal Cord Paralysis - Through an ultrasound scan, it is possible to see when the nerve impulses moving to the larynx (voice box) are interrupted. This disruption can result in difficulty speaking and breathing.
Hoarse Voice - Also known as the odd crying sound in young children. A breathy and raspy voice or cry is often a sign that there are problems surrounding the vocal folds of the voice box.
Neck Lumps in Children - While these are often benign, neck lumps can be a sign of bacterial or viral infection causing the lymph nodes to become enlarged. An ultrasound scan offers clearer pictures of the 200-300 lymph nodes that are located at the back of the throat, nose and neck.
Thyroid - A gland in front of the trachea (wide pipe). During an ultrasound scan, an overactive thyroid can be spotted. When this gland produces too many hormones, your heart rate and body temperature can be seriously affected.
Submandibular and Parotid Glands - These glands are located around the deep jaw and the front of the ear respectively. When these glands are swollen, it can be a sign of infection, cysts or a more serious condition.
Fontanelle - The soft spot on the head will also be visible during an ultrasound scan. If this area starts to bulge and your baby has a fever and is drowsy, seek medical attention straight away.
Lymph Nodes - These clusters of cells are located around the body in the armpits, chest, abdomen and groyne, to name a few. They contain immune cells which are crucial for fighting infection within the lymph fluid. Problems here can be a sign of a more serious condition.
Sonia has been a diagnostic medical sonographer for 15 years undertaking her initial training at the University of Leeds, having trained in many aspects of ultrasound (gynaecology, abdominal and obstetrics). She has been a paediatric sonographer for 10 years now. As a specialist paediatric sonographer, she can perform a wide range of specialist ultrasound examinations including liver and renal transplants, small parts, cranial, vascular, hips , soft tissue and much more.
Andrea has a passion for helping her patients through state of art diagnostic ultrasound examinations and conclusive medical reports.
She has been awarded and complimented many times by the hospital on her abilities to work with patients that find an ultrasound examination challenging such as patients with anxiety, autism, ADHD, and learning difficulties by avoiding sedation or general anaesthesia, meaning the patient and parents leaving happy and satisfied.
When your child is unwell, especially when your child is showing signs of discomfort, the whole family shares in their pain. With such long waiting times for NHS appointments, Midland Health strives to provide you with comprehensive healthcare exactly when you need it. With our state-of-the-art private clinic in Birmingham, our excellent medical professionals are on-hand to offer you the care you need.
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If you would like to arrange an appointment with our experienced private paediatric ultrasound clinic in Birmingham, contact us today on 0121 769 0999. Or, you can submit an enquiry form to us below.
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If your child is showing signs of internal pain or discomfort sometimes an ultrasound scan is needed to get a clearer picture as to the cause. X-rays do not provide a clear image of soft tissue and organs, therefore, if your child is experiencing problems here it is difficult to assess without a scan. Common causes of an ultrasound scan are abdominal pain, as well as pelvic and scrotal pain.
Not at all. If you would like to arrange a paediatric ultrasound, simply get in touch with our team here at Midland Health. We do not operate from a waiting list; therefore, we can offer appointments at short notice.
Depending on where the scan is, it is worth asking whether there are any instructions in relation to eating or drinking before the scan. Scans of the gallbladder and upper abdominal organs often benefit from the child not eating or drinking before as this can help produce a clearer picture. Other than this, there are no other requirements. Loose-fitting clothing is recommended for ease and to help your child be as comfortable as possible.
If your child is nervous about their ultrasound, it is also recommended to bring a toy or comforter with them. Our team will do everything they can to put your child at ease.
Yes, ultrasounds are painless experiences that are safe for children of all ages. To be clear, there is no radiation. For toddlers, medical professionals try to distract their attention by showing children’s cartoons and films on another TV screen, and parents are encouraged to bring in some toys and comforters. There are often rules surrounding eating and drinking before the procedure, but your consultant will explain everything to you before your appointment. Our specialist team of sonographers can scan newborns to under 18s.
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