Neonatal Head Ultrasound
Neonatal Head Ultrasound is an exam that obtains images of the brain through the anterior fontanel with sound waves. A hand-held transducer (probe) is used to create images of the infant brain. This exam is used to identify hydrocephalus or germinal matrix bleeding in the neonatal period.
- Typically there is no prep for this procedure.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
- The infant will lie on the exam table.
- A non-greasy gel will be applied to the area of the anterior fontanel.
- The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against the infant's top of the head (anterior fontanel) to obtain images of the brain.
- Bring things to keep infant comfortable (i.e., bottle, blanket, pacifier).