When should my child get a hip ultrasound?
Conditions that may require a hip ultrasound include, but are not limited to,
- abnormality found through physical examination of a baby's hip
- a family history of hip dysplasia
- delivery from a breech birth
How should the patient prepare for the procedure?
There is no preparation required.
What will happen during the procedure?
The baby will lie on an examining table on his or her back.
The technologist or doctor will place some warm gel (a lotion) on a transducer (similar to a microphone) and place it on the baby's hip and take some pictures.
Both hips will be examined.
The test usually takes 30 minutes or less to perform.
How does this technique work? What does the radiologist see?
Ultrasound is used in this setting to look at a baby's hip socket to see if it is well-formed and situated properly.
How will I learn the results?
Either from the radiologist or your physician.
What if I have other questions?
Ask the radiologist interpreting the examination, or call Ultrasound at 617-355-7840 to speak with the secretary, a technologist, or a physician.