What Makes Us Special?
Making children and families feel at ease is one of our main goals at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. In particular, our doctors and nurses know that kids who come to the hospital need to be comforted. So, we never "rush" children through a procedure, even though our advanced equipment enables us to complete many procedures faster than at many other hospitals. Whenever possible, we encourage parents to be present during part--or all--of their child's test. We also provide a private consultation room for families to discuss their child's test results with the radiologist.
Besides our child-centered care philosophy, we also offer the Chicago area's best imaging equipment for children. This includes:
- Digital radiography (X-rays)
- Grid-controlled pulsed fluoroscopy
- 16-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner
- High field-strength magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with cardiac capabilities
- Ultrasound units with power Doppler
All of our equipment and procedures have been developed specifically for infants and children. For example, our fluoroscopy tests and CT scans are customized to minimize radiation, so children aren't exposed to more than they need. In addition, the technologists expose the smallest area possible to X-rays and cover the ovaries and testes with lead shields during X-rays whenever possible.
A Center for Teaching and Research
In addition to our clinical work, teaching is also a priority at Comer Children's. As a teaching hospital, we routinely train residents, medical students, and colleagues on principles of pediatric radiology. Each spring, we host a general radiology review course with a half-day session devoted to pediatric radiology that attracts radiologists from around the country.
We are also actively engaged in research studies to advance the practice of pediatric radiology.