Radiology plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of your child’s illness. The dedicated team of pediatric radiologists at Cohen Children’s Medical Center performs over 50,000 pediatric radiology exams per year and have tremendous experience in choosing the best imaging techniques to diagnose medical conditions and diseases in your child. It’s important to note that not all diseases appear the same in children as in adults and some conditions are unique to infants and children. Our pediatric radiologists understand that specialized imaging is often required and sometimes children can be restless and intimidated by the process. Compassionate care in a supportive environment to produce the best results possible is our goal. Patients including fetuses, preterm infants, babies, young children and adolescents have growing organs and developing bodies which must be taken into account by the pediatric radiologist. It cannot be overstated that experience is critical in recognizing and diagnosing conditions affecting pediatric patients. Our mission is to provide excellence in radiology and imaging and expert diagnosis in a family friendly environment so your child can get back to living a healthy life.
What we offer
The Department of Pediatric Radiology provides the following pediatric radiology evaluations:
- Pediatric chest X-rays and pediatric MRIs are among the most common diagnostic exams. A pediatric MRI will create detailed images that are based on the water content of the body tissues while using both magnet and radio waves.
- Pediatric radiography – Infants and young children may find it challenging to be still and may require assistance for optimal positioning. Your child's exam will be diagnosed by a highly trained staff radiologist.
- Fluoroscopy - At Cohen Children’s, studies are performed on digital-pulsed fluoroscopic units. This technology delivers X-rays in a pulse form rather than constant fashion, helping to decrease the amount of radiation needed for the examination.
- Cine esophagram - This exam is used to assess if there are any problems with swallowing. It is a medical procedure used for such diagnoses as CREST Syndrome, GERD and achalasia.
- Esophagram - This exam is used to identify any anatomic abnormalities of the esophagus. It is a series of X-rays of the esophagus. The X-ray pictures are taken after the patient drinks a solution that coats and outlines the walls of the esophagus, also called a barium swallow.
- Upper gastrointestinal study, or UGI - This exam is used to identify any anatomic abnormalities of the esophagus, stomach and the first portion of the small bowel, called the duodenum.
- Voiding cystourethrogram - This exam is to evaluate the anatomy of the bladder and urethra. Your child's physician may order this exam to look for vesicoureteral reflux, the backward flow of urine from the bladder to the kidneys.
- Ultrasound or sonogram - This technology utilizes sound waves to evaluate various structures in the body. It does not involve radiation. Your child should be dressed in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for an ultrasound exam. Other preparation depends on the type of examination. For some scans, your doctor may ask you to withhold food and drink for as many as 12 hours before your child's appointment. For others, you may be asked to have your child drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to the exam and avoid urinating so that his or her bladder is full when the scan begins. Sedation is rarely needed for ultrasound examinations.
- Computed tomography, or CT scan, including CT angiography - This technology utilizes X-rays and computers to create images of the body. The machine looks like a giant doughnut and your child will lie on a table that will move in and out of the doughnut. We work closely with your physician to evaluate any possible alternatives to CT scans. Our protocols are tailored for children to keep radiation exposure dose to as minimal as possible without compromising the care of your child. If necessary, sedation will be provided by a pediatric anesthesiologist.
- Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI including MR angiography and MR spectroscopy - This technology utilizes sound waves to evaluate various structures in the body. It does not involve radiation. Your child should be dressed in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for an ultrasound exam. Other preparation depends on the type of examination. For some scans, your doctor may ask you to withhold food and drink for as many as 12 hours before your child's appointment. For others, you may be asked to have your child drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to the exam and avoid urinating so that his or her bladder is full when the scan begins. Sedation is rarely needed for ultrasound examinations.
- Nuclear medicine - This technology utilizes radioisotopes to evaluate various structures and organs. These examinations are tailored for your child. Various types of examinations such as renal scan, radionuclide cystogram, bone scan and MIBG scans will be performed in the nuclear medicine department.
- Vascular and interventional radiology - The physicians and staff of this division are specialty trained for various procedures that may be helpful in the care of your child. They perform a wide spectrum of minimally invasive procedures under image guidance in children, including PICC lines and other vascular access, gastrojejunostomy tubes, biopsies and drainages. Image guidance may be performed with X-rays, CT scans or with ultrasound.
What to expect
Your child may need to fast for the radiology evaluation, but you will be given instructions by the scheduler. When you schedule the examination, please let the scheduler know if your child has any allergies, particularly to medications and if your child has any hardware or implantable devices or kidney dysfunction. For some exams, you will be instructed to give your child a contrast drink, which is to help aid in the accuracy of the exam. Please remove all metal prior to the appointment. If you need a copy of the exam, please tell the technologist at the beginning of the exam.