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Overview

Ultrasound is one of the best diagnostic tests available today. It offers a number of advantages even in cases when a patient has to get a USG of head done.

What is USG of Head?

USG of head is performed in order to check for problems in the skull. USG of head examination is performed to access the flow of the blood to the brain, including brain tissue.

How is USG of head Performed?

A USG of head can be performed in two ways — head ultrasound and transcranial doppler. It is performed in the following way.

Head ultrasound

  • A head ultrasound would be performed in the neonatal care unit (NICU) right at the baby’s bedside.
  • The infant would be placed with its head upwards.
  • A gel is applied to remove air pockets.
  • The transducer is then gently pressed against the infant’s head.

Transcranial Doppler

  • The patient is placed on his/her back on a table or would be seated on a chair.
  • A gel is applied on the back of the neck, over the eyelid, or front of the ear. Since these are the sites for blood supply to the brain.
  • The transducer is then pressed over these areas.

USG of head examinations does not have radiation. They produce real-time images.

Side Effects and Risks of USG of Head. 

USG of the head does not cause any side effects. However, you may experience the following:

  • Occasionally, an infant may have a little discomfort when the transducer is pressed against the skin.
  • At first, the infant may get a cold sensation if the gel is not warmed before applying it to the head.

Preparation before Performing USG of Head

There are no major preparations to be done before USG of the head. However, you may be asked to avoid the following:

  • Do not use nicotine-based products, since these could cause your blood vessels to constrict.
  • Do not wear jewelry and other types of items on your body.
  • Wear loose clothes.

Post-care after USG of Head

For a USG of head examination, there are no post-care measures to be taken.

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