When it comes to diagnostic imaging, children's needs differ from adults. They need extra safeguards and care. Together, our doctors, nurses, and technologists complete about 125,000 imaging exams on children each year. Our team has the experience and training to keep your child safe while providing accurate medical images. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of families and referring physicians with our imaging and punctual interpretation.
We support the Image Gently™ Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, dedicated to raising awareness of lower radiation doses in the imaging of children. Children's Hospital also supports and practices the radiation safety principle of ALARA. ALARA is an acronym for As Low As Reasonably Achievable.
Services provided by Diagnostic Imaging, often-called radiology or X-ray, include radiographs, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT (computed tomography or CAT scans), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and nuclear medicine. Learn more about the types of diagnostic imaging exams we offer.
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Video: Preparing for a Sedated MRI
Some children find it difficult to lie still for an MRI scan, either because of their age or their medical condition. Watch our video about how to prepare for a sedated MRI.
PAWS (Patient Awake While Scanned) MRI Program
The Patient Awake While Scanned (PAWS) MRI Program empowers children to complete MRI scans without anesthesia. The program gives children clear expectations of what’s going to happen. We show them pictures of the scanner, let them listen to MRI sounds and try on movie goggles and headphones.
Children's Hospital Receives ACR Accreditation
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is an organization that set standards of health care imaging excellence. Certification from the ACR is the gold standard for any imaging department. Children's Hospital is certified in every available area of CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound.
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