Within Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology offers standard radiography (conventional X-rays) and fluoroscopy,an imaging technique that uses X-rays to create real-time images of the body. We use these common imaging techniques to help your child's doctor evaluate illnesses or injuries of nearly every part of the body.
We perform more than 135,000 exams each year in Boston and at our satellite locations, which makes us one of the country's largest general diagnostic centers for children. Our experienced team of pediatric radiologists, nurses, technologists and child life specialists makes your child's visit as safe, pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Kids! Children are not small adults. They have their own diseases and unique anatomy. Our pediatric radiologists are highly trained subspecialists with particular expertise in interpreting imaging studies of children.
Safety: Because your child's growing body is more sensitive to ionizing radiation than an adult's, we adjust our equipment and procedures to deliver "child size" doses during exams. Our physicians and physicists are 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.
Our X-ray units are specially equipped with smaller than typical focal spots to improve the sharpness of the image quality while allowing us to minimize the amount of radiation exposure. In addition, conveniently placed equipment controls allow technologists to easily communicate and comfort patients during exams.
Fluoroscopy is a technique enabling doctors to obtain live, moving images of internal structures of the body. It is the basis for certain diagnostic tests that use contrast, such as an upper GI series or a voiding cystourethrogram.
Modifications are made to the radiographic tubes to accommodate for differences in patient size and age. In addition, the fluoroscopic tubes contain extra filtration to reduce patient radiation exposures. The digital-spot-film and the use of pulse fluoroscopy allows for the least possible exposure to your child.
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Organ-based interpretation: Our unique approach to pediatric radiology means that a radiologist with subspecialty expertise in the disease or organ system under investigation will interpret your child's study.