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Sonography of the Pediatric Gastrointestinal System

Arys, Bo MD; Mandelstam, Simone MD; Rao, Padma MD; Kernick, Sara; Kumbla, Surekha MD

Ultrasound Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0b013e3182a38dcc
Pictorial Essay

Abstract: Sonography is a commonly used modality for the investigation of abdominal symptoms in the pediatric population. It is a highly sensitive, readily available imaging modality that does not require ionizing radiation, iodinated contrast material, or anesthesia and can be performed at the bedside if necessary. Abdominal ultrasound is therefore often the first examination performed. This article presents an overview of the ultrasound characteristics of some of the most frequently encountered pathologies as well as some more rarely encountered entities. Our aim was to present a series of characteristic images of a wide gamut of pediatric abdominal conditions. The goal was to familiarize the reader with key sonographic features of both congenital and acquired gastrointestinal pathologies in children, making them more easily recognizable.

Author Information

Department of Medical Imaging, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia.

Received for publication March 19, 2013; accepted July 2, 2013.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Bo Arys, MD, The Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria, 3052 Australia (e-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins