Paediatric Ultrasounds

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Ultrasound is the most important imaging technique in paediatrics, it is safe and painless and can be used to assess almost all organ systems, particularly in young infants.
All scans are performed by Dr Andre Gatt who is specialized in Paediatric imaging.

Brain ultrasound

Performed only in infants younger than 1 year of age, and only if the anterior fontanelle is open (soft spot at the top of the head). It is used primarily to exclude abnormal accumulation of fluid in the head as a cause for head enlargement (hydrocephalus) but can also evaluate brain development.

Hip ultrasound

In newborns, a screening test of the hips is usually performed at 6 weeks of age to exclude developmental dysplasia of the hip (previously called congenital hip dislocation).

In young children, ultrasound can also be used to look for fluid in the hip joint as a cause for limping (transient synovitis of the hip, Perthes’ disease or infection).

Spine ultrasound

Performed only under the age of 6 months in order to exclude Spina bifida occulta and cord tethering.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound

Any soft tissue lumps, hernias and joint inflammation in children can be safely assessed with ultrasound.

Abdominal ultrasound

In children, it is possible to identify issues such as pyloric stenosis, appendicitis, bowel inflammation and constipation which are usually difficult to identify on adult ultrasound.
Routine kidney, bladder and abdominal organs are included.