Ultrasound - Infant's Hips

This test uses sound waves to create images of the structures in an infant's hips.

This test uses sound waves to create images of the structures in an infant's hips.

An ultrasound of an infant's hips uses sound waves to create images of the structures in the hip joint.

A healthcare provider may order this ultrasound to check an infant for a hip deformity.

  • The deformity is called Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH).
  • DDH can develop before, during or weeks to months after a child is born.

Here are some things you should know before having this test.

  • Your healthcare provider can tell you how to prepare your infant for the test.
  • Ultrasounds are usually painless. However, your infant may have some discomfort if their hips are swollen or tender.
  • An infant may also cry because of the cold gel or being restrained.
  • The test usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

During the test, a technician will move a probe over the infant's hips.

  • 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 my infant has 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, does he/she need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Infants Hips
Infant Hip Ultrasound
Hip Ultrasound
Hip Sonogram
Hip Scan

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