Why Are Hip Ultrasounds Done? Doctors order a hip ultrasound when they suspect a problem called developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). This problem can happen before, during, or weeks to months after birth. Normally, the femoral head rests comfortably in its socket.
Do babies need hip ultrasound?
Your baby should have an ultrasound scan of their hip between 4 and 6 weeks old if a doctor, midwife or nurse thinks their hip feels unstable. Babies should also have an ultrasound scan of their hip between 4 and 6 weeks old if: there have been childhood hip problems in your family (parents, brothers or sisters)
What does a hip ultrasound reveal?
Hip ultrasound images are typically used to help evaluate: abnormalities of the muscles, such as tears and soft-tissue masses. foreign bodies, bleeding, infections or other types of fluid collections. benign and malignant soft tissue tumors.
Why do breech babies need hip ultrasound?
Introduction: Because of the risk of developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants born breech-despite a normal physical exam-the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines recommend ultrasound (US) hip imaging at 6 weeks of age for breech females and optional imaging for breech males.
What can cause hip dysplasia in babies?
What causes hip dysplasia? Genetics plays a strong role, but other influences during pregnancy and birth – such as congenital conditions caused by the fetus being in a uterus that is too small – and cases of breech birth can also lead to developmental hip dysplasia.