Ultrasound - Brain

This test uses sound waves to create images of the structures in the head.

This test uses sound waves to create images of the structures in the head.

An ultrasound of the head uses sound waves to create images of the structures in the head, such as the brain.

  • Ultrasound waves do not pass through bone well.

A healthcare provider may order this test:

  • To check the brain of a premature infant
  • During surgery to assist with the removal of a brain tumor

Here are some things you should know before having an ultrasound.

  • Your healthcare provider can tell you how to prepare.
  • They are usually painless. You may have some discomfort during the test if the area being examined is swollen or tender.
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.

During the test, a technician will move a probe over the head.

  • For an infant, the probe will be moved over the soft spot, where the skull has not completely come together.
  • The probe will be covered with a clear gel.
  • The gel helps send the sound waves to the computer.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my child's treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Brain
Head Ultrasound
Head Sonogram
Head Scan
Brain Ultrasound
Brain Sonogram
Brain Scan

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