Testing & Diagnosis for Spine problems in Children

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Contact the Spinal Program

  • 1-617-355-6021
  • International: +01-617-355-5209
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At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that the first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.

Most spinal problems are detected by a child’s parents or pediatrician, or by school screenings. Once a problem is detected, doctors will use medical and family histories, physical exams and diagnostic tests to determine the nature and extent of your child’s spinal condition. Testing can include:

•   x-rays
•   magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
•   computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
•   blood tests
•   ultrasound (sonogram)
•   bone scans
•   bone density scans (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DEXA, DXA)
•   pulmonary function tests

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337