CT or CAT Scan for Infants, Children and Young Adults

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The Pediatric Radiology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital combines individualized care, specialty expertise, and the most advanced technology for children, teens, and young adults to obtain the highest quality CT and CAT Scans for children that provide the most accurate diagnoses.

Computed Tomography (CT) helps doctors quickly answer urgent questions about your child's health. In just a few seconds, a pediatric CAT scan can produce incredibly detailed, three-dimensional images of your child's bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels. CT exams performed in our powerful multi-detector scanners are fast, painless, and non-invasive.

Why Choose Us?


  • Individualized Care and Specialty Expertise: We use customized CT protocols for each patient, optimizing our CT doses based upon patient size, age, clinical symptoms, and disease processes. Board-certified pediatric radiologists and neuroradiologists with subspecialty expertise in the disease or organ system being evaluated will review and interpret your child’s CT images.
  • Advanced Technology: Boston Children's Hospital has state-of-the-art CT scanners, which dramatically reduce the time a child needs to remain still for an exam.
  • Safety: CT uses ionizing radiation (x-rays), and children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Together with our expert physicists, our physicians have acted as leaders in adjusting equipment and procedures to deliver the lowest possible dose to young patients. We helped develop Image Gently guidelines so hospitals across the country can minimize children's exposure to radiation during medical procedures. One of our faculty members - Division Chief Michael Callahan, MD, serves on the steering committee for the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. Read more about our commitment to safety.
  • Environment: Our imaginative décor and dedicated staff help make your child's experience as enjoyable as possible. Age-appropriate distraction techniques are used to help ease anxiety and avoid sedation whenever possible.
  • Pediatric Sedation or Anesthesia: When required, sedation or anesthesia is administered and monitored by a dedicated and specialized team who put patient safety first.

Your Visit

If your child has been referred to us for a CT, you will want to know what to expect when you come to the hospital or to one of our satellite locations. The link below should answer any questions you have:

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