Neonatal Ultrasound

Even though neonatal ultrasounds only cover the first months of an infant's life, they are vitally important. This diagnostic imaging test is particularly important for a newborn with a medical problem.

Cranial sonography is the most widely used neuro-imaging procedure in premature infants. Ultrasounds help assess the neurologic status of a child since clinical examination and symptoms are often nonspecific. Neonatal ultrasounds give information about an infant’s immediate and long-term prognosis.

Why Is an Ultrasound the Imaging Mode of First Choice?

  • No radiation
  • Ease of access
  • Low-cost
  • Good imaging of central structures of the brain (ventricles and germinal matrix) and circulation

What to Expect
A clear, water-based gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin.

The radiologist or sonographer then presses the transducer firmly against the skin in various locations, moving over the area of interest or angling the sound beam from a farther location to better see an area of concern.

Who Interprets the Results and How Do I Get Them?
The sonographer will send the ultrasound to one of our board-certified radiologists, who will interpret the ultrasound and prepare a preliminary report.

The doctors who interpret our ultrasounds are experts who specialize in reading neonatal ultrasounds. The sonographer who performs the ultrasound is not allowed to discuss the results. The radiologist will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

Gwinnett Medical Center Imaging has multiple convenient Atlanta-area locations in Lawrenceville, Hamilton Mill and Duluth. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 678-312-3444.