The successful imaging of children requires special expertise and knowledge. We’ve combined our pediatric radiology groups in Delaware and Florida into one integrated system, offering families the benefit of the experience and commitment of all of our board-certified pediatric radiologists. Your child’s scan can be shared and read by our specialists in an instant, anywhere, any time.
Pediatric Radiology Designed to Meet Kids' Needs
Radiology, or medical imaging, allows doctors to use a variety of noninvasive tests (when no instrument is inserted inside the body) to "see" the bones and organs. These studies are performed by our team of experts who are specially trained to work with kids, using pediatric radiology equipment that's designed or adapted to meet your child's needs.
Reducing Exposure to Radiation With Accurate Results
Your child’s safety is our main concern. That’s why our pediatric radiology team is thoroughly committed to limiting your child’s radiation exposure by using the lowest dose necessary to get an accurate image during an X-ray or any other type of medical imaging.
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At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in pediatric radiology (medical imaging). Satellite imaging rooms are located in the Orthopedic Clinic and the Emergency Department.
Nemours pediatric radiologists interpret X-rays in children under age 14 at Christiana Care from a remote work station located at duPont Hospital for Children.
We keep your child's comfort in mind during any kind of medical imaging test. That's why, we use a team of specialists to get accurate results and to keep your child relaxed during the test. Our team members include:
- pediatric radiologists
- X-ray technologists (techs)
- anesthesiologists and sedation doctors
- child life specialists (use age-appropriate techniques to minimize the fears)
There are many different types of imaging tests that your child’s doctor may order, depending on what type of information is needed. These may include:
A plain X-ray is a simple, safe, and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to take pictures of your child’s bones and internal organs.
Computed axial tomography (CAT) scan
A CAT scan is a painless test that uses a special doughnut-shaped X-ray machine to take pictures of a certain part of your child’s body. The machine provides cross-sectional views of the body from various angles. This test may also be performed with “contrast.” Contrast agents, usually administered by a nurse intravenously (through an IV), can highlight certain areas that doctors need to see in more detail.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
MRI is a safe and painless test that’s performed using a large doughnut-shaped scanner with a tunnel in the center. The scanner uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of your child’s organs and internal structures. MRI differs from a CAT scan in that it doesn't use radiation. MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) is a form of MRI that uses contrast dye and focuses on the blood vessels.
An ultrasound is a safe and painless test that uses sound waves to create images of the internal structures of a certain part of your child’s body. This is done by pressing a plastic probe on the skin over the area being evaluated. Gel is placed on the skin beforehand to allow the probe to glide easily.
Nuclear medicine involves the use of a tracer agent, often given through an IV that settles in the area of your child’s body that needs to be examined. There, it gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. This energy can be detected by scanners and provide high-resolution images. Sometimes nuclear imaging is combined with other types of studies (for example, a CAT scan may be performed simultaneously) to give extremely high-quality images.
This imaging study is like a moving X-ray. It is used to view movement, either of a part of the body or of a contrast agent moving through the body. One of the most common uses of fluoroscopy is in the upper GI series. This is when your child drinks the contrast agent barium sulfate, which helps highlight the anatomy of the digestive tract as a series of X-rays monitor the liquid’s movement through the esophagus and stomach.
Preparing Your Child for a Pediatric Radiology Test
Some of these tests are very brief and require no preparation at all. Others require specific preparation (e.g., anesthesia) and may last an hour or more.
You will be told when your child must stop eating and drinking before the study and the nurse or X-ray technician will give you all the information you need to know about your child’s test.
Interventional radiology is a procedure that either diagnoses or treats a problem. A radiological technique – typically ultrasound, CAT scan, or fluoroscopy – is used to produce a real-time image that helps guide the pediatric radiologist in performing a medical procedure, such as inserting a long IV line, draining an abscess in the abdomen, placing a gastrostomy tube, or performing a biopsy.