What we offer
The Department of Pediatric Radiology provides a wide range of radiology evaluations, including:
- Pediatric chest X-rays and pediatric MRIs—These 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—Our 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's used for such diagnoses as CREST syndrome, GERD and achalasia.
- Esophagram—A series of X-rays is used to identify any anatomic abnormalities 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—Used to identify any anatomic abnormalities of the esophagus, stomach and the first portion of the small bowel, called the duodenum.
- Voiding cystourethrogram—Evaluates the anatomy of the bladder and urethra. May be used to look for vesicoureteral reflux, the backward flow of urine from the bladder to the kidneys.
- Ultrasound or sonogram—Sound waves are used 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 their bladder is full when the scan begins. Sedation is rarely needed for ultrasound examinations.
- Computed tomography, or CT scan, including CT angiography—This technology uses X-rays and computers to create images of the body. Your child will lie on a table that will move in and out of the machine. 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 a minimum 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—A powerful magnet is used to generate radiofrequencies that a computer translates into images of the body.
- Nuclear medicine—Radioisotopes are used 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
Radiology—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.
Nuclear medicine—You will be given instructions about your child’s procedure from the staff of the Nuclear Medicine Department. If sedation is needed for the examination, this is performed under the supervision of the department of anesthesia with their subspecialty trained pediatric anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists. Should you need a PET CT, this is available at the Mitchell A. Goldman imaging center located at the Center for Advanced Medicine on Lakeville Road.
Vascular and interventional radiology—The physicians and staff will tailor each procedure to your child, utilizing the least amount of radiation needed to perform the procedure. If sedation is needed, it will be provided by the pediatric anesthesiologists at Cohen Children’s.