Radiological imaging is a valuable diagnostic tool, but it presents special challenges when treating children:
• It requires clinical care personnel to gain the child’s trust and cooperation throughout the examination in order to obtain quality images the first time.
• It requires special understanding of children who may be ill or in pain.
• There may be a need for sedation for longer procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
• Care must be taken to limit the amount of radiation a child receives.
A pediatric radiologist is an expert in the diagnosis of illnesses, injuries, and diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, using imaging techniques and equipment. Our pediatric radiologists are specially trained to understand the unique needs of children, parents and the role of pediatricians in the diagnostic process. We strive to provide a child-friendly and compassionate environment designed to diminish stress on both the patient and the parents.
Pediatric radiologists are trained in selecting the most appropriate imaging techniques to diagnose medical and surgical problems, with a special emphasis on limiting radiation doses.
Examples of imaging techniques include x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), MRI, and nuclear medicine. Pediatric radiologists make sure that testing is performed properly and safely.
They also interpret the results of the test and make an appropriate diagnosis, working as part of a diagnostic team along with your pediatrician to provide the best possible care for your child.