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

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- 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