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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital


Today, many childhood diseases can be diagnosed with little or no discomfort for young patients. At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, our goal is to achieve the most accurate diagnosis for your child, using the least invasive method--and the lowest possible radiation.

A Focus on Children's Needs

All of our radiologists, nurses, and technologists have specialized training in pediatric radiology and work exclusively with children. As a result, we are especially attuned to the needs of children and families. Our expert physicians and technologists perform the highest quality imaging studies--all with a compassionate, "kid focus." Patients and their families also receive care and support from our highly experienced, caring nursing staff.

Our young patients also benefit because our radiology department was designed with kids in mind. The décor is bright, cheery, and kid-friendly. This helps make children feel safer and more comfortable during their hospital visit.

Convenient Inpatient, Outpatient Services

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:

  • Conventional X-rays
  • 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.