Each year, our staff performs more than 40,000 complex and routine imaging studies for children. These studies are "read," or interpreted, by highly trained pediatric radiologists with special expertise in diagnosing conditions in children.
We routinely care of children of all ages and sizes, including premature infants weighing less than 1 pound. Here, we offer the full range of diagnostic studies, including:
Fluoroscopy, during which images are formed with an X-ray camera moved by a radiologist. The most common exams using this technique are upper gastrointestinal studies, contrast enemas, voiding cystourethrography, and oropharyngeal motility/swallowing studies with pediatric speech and language pathologists.
Ultrasound, which uses sound waves to make images of the kidney, brain, liver, gallbladder, and other areas. The direction and speed of blood flow can also be evaluated (Doppler).
Computed tomography (CT), during which an X-ray beam--made inside a machine shaped like a large doughnut--passes through the body and detectors collect the X-rays after they leave the body. Images are formed using computer programs. CT is often used to study the brain, chest, abdomen, and sinuses.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), during which radio waves--the same frequency as color TV waves--and a powerful magnetic field are passed through the body. As with CT, the machine is shaped like a doughnut. Images are formed using computer programs. MRIs are often used on the brain and spine, although the heart, joints, and other parts of the body can be evaluated.
We also perform ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, such as fluid drainage from around the lungs (thoracentesis), removal of pieces of tumor (biopsy), and sampling of fluid from joints (joint aspiration).
All of the imaging services are easily accessible on the ground floor of the hospital.