What is appendix ultrasound?
Appendix ultrasound is a fast, safe, and noninvasive imaging technique that evaluates a child’s appendix using sound waves. This test might be ordered if a child is having abdominal pain and the radiologists want to determine if the symptoms are caused by appendicitis.
By using a special ultrasound probe, this test can visualize internal body structures without exposing the child to ionizing radiation (X-rays). Ultrasound has no known harmful side effects, and it is a fast, noninvasive way for doctors to evaluate soft tissues that don’t show up on standard X-ray exams. This technique is especially useful to visualize the appearance, size, consistency, and shape of internal organs and abnormalities.
The ultrasound probe, also called a transducer, sends out small pulses of high-frequency sound waves. When pressed against the skin, the transducer transmits the sound waves that bounce off structures in the body. The transducer picks up the rebounding sound waves, and, with the help of a computer, the characteristics of a structure can be determined.
If a child is having abdominal pain, especially in the lower right side, there is a chance that appendicitis is causing the pain. The appendix is a small, finger-like extension of the large intestine. If the appendix gets infected and inflamed, it can cause symptoms such as:
If a child is having these symptoms, an ultrasound might be recommended to rule out appendicitis as the cause.
To schedule a pediatric appendix ultrasound, please speak to your doctor and call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. Your health care provider will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.