Pediatric digital radiography, also known as an x-ray, is the standard go-to in pediatric imaging. Plain x-rays are widely available and quickly obtained, with very low dose of radiation involved. Properly ordered, performed and interpreted, plain films are often the best first step when it comes to evaluating common pediatric illnesses and injuries.
Pediatric computed tomography (CT) is a fast, painless exam that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed images of your child’s internal organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. It may be used to help diagnose abdominal pain or evaluate for injury after trauma.
Pediatric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your child’s body. MRI can be helpful in diagnosing and monitoring treatment for a variety of conditions within the brain, chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities.
Pediatric nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers, a special camera and a computer to help diagnose childhood disorders that are present at birth or that develop during childhood. It provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures.
Pediatric ultrasound imaging of the abdomen is a safe, noninvasive test that uses sound waves to produce a clear picture of the internal organs and blood vessels within your child’s abdomen. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and is particularly valuable for evaluating abdominal, pelvic or scrotal pain in children.