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Pediatric Intestinal Ultrasonography

  • Simon G. Robben

Abstract

Ultrasonography (US) is the imaging modality of choice for the initial evaluation of diseases in children for many reasons. First, it is relatively inexpensive and patient friendly. Second, it lacks radiation and motion artifacts. Third, the small size of the child compensates for the limited penetration of sound waves and facilitates the use of high-frequency transducers. Fourth, flow studies are possible using the Doppler mode, while realtime imaging allows the visualization of movements such as peristalsis. Moreover, US involves direct contact with the patient, thus offering a unique opportunity to ask specific questions and to perform additional physical examinations, emphasizing the role of the radiologist as a clinician. Accordingly, ultrasonography has become the most important imaging technique in children and can be considered as the workhorse of pediatric radiology.

Keywords

Chronic Granulomatous Disease Choledochal Cyst Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor Duplication Cyst Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon G. Robben
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  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMaastricht University Medical CentreMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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