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Ultrasound, which is also known as sonography, is a painless, non-invasive imaging technique that lets us look inside your child's body without the use of radiation. It uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of organs, bones, tissues and blood vessels.
We perform over 26,000 ultrasound exams each year in Boston, in the hospital's Advanced Fetal Care Center and at our satellite centers in Waltham, Lexington, Peabody and South Weymouth . Our pediatric radiologists and sonographers provide exceptional care in a friendly, nurturing environment that is especially tailored to children. We are experts at obtaining high-quality images in patients of any age, ranging from fetal life through young adulthood.
Children have their own diseases and unique anatomy. Our pediatric radiologists and sonographers are highly trained subspecialists with particular expertise in performing and interpreting imaging studies of infants and children.
Fetal imaging: We perform sonography on pregnant women referred to the hospital's Advanced Fetal Care Center. A subset of our pediatric radiologists and sonographers are also experts in fetal imaging. The diagnoses made during fetal imaging guide treatment both before and after birth.
Neonatal sonography in the Longwood area: We provide ultrasound expertise for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit here at Boston Children's Hospital and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Bats, kids and sonar
Your child might be fascinated to learn that the microphone-shaped transducer gliding across his skin during an ultrasound exam works in much the same way as the biological sonar (echolocation) used by bats and whales.