Children’s Hospital Bostonís Department of Radiology performs more than 200,000 imaging studies each year in Boston and at satellite clinics in Waltham and Lexington using equipment and protocols specially designed or adapted for use in babies, children and teenagers.
The faculty consists of 41.5 full-time-equivalent radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and research scientists, many with Certificates of Added Qualification in pediatric radiology or neuroradiology. Technologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, Child Life specialists, pediatric anesthesiologists, technologists and medical physicists complete the team.
• CT—Boston, Waltham
• Fluoroscopy—Boston, Waltham, Lexington
• Interventional Radiology—Boston
• MRI—Boston, Waltham
• Nuclear Medicine—Boston, Waltham
• Ultrasound—Boston, Waltham, Lexington
• X-ray (plain film)—all locations
The department’s unique organ-system approach means that physicians with expertise in a particular organ system or condition interpret studies in that area across imaging modalities.
Kid-friendly protocols: Imaging children effectively requires a host of adaptations. The department has devised special protocols, uses child-sized MR coils and has adjusted all X-ray-based equipment to adhere to the As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle.
Child Life specialists: Two Child Life specialists are integral members of the Nuclear Medicine and Fluoroscopy teams in Boston. They use age-appropriate techniques to inform, calm
and distract anxious or squirming youngsters.
Expert sedation: A team of nurses, nurse practitioners, pediatricians and pediatric anesthesiologists specializes in sedation and anesthesia during imaging for young patients.
• Age-appropriate distraction techniques: Video goggles, lights,
and music are used whenever possible so that sedation can
• Image fusion: Specialized computer workstations “fuse” 3D
PET, CT, MR and SPECT images so functional and anatomical
information can be viewed on the same image for more accurate
• Fetal diagnosis: Highly experienced radiologists are part of the
team at the hospital’s Advanced Fetal Care Center.
Results and images are available, usually within 24 hours, via the PowerChart system, auto e-mail and auto fax. Urgent results are transmitted immediately to pagers, mobile phones and other devices.
Speak to a radiologist: 617-355-6286
These new faculty members bring additional expertise in Neuroradiology, Cardiac Radiology, musculoskeletal
imaging and general vascular, non-vascular and neurovascular interventions.
P. Ellen Grant, MD, founding director, Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center, pediatric neuroradiology
Darren Benjamin Orbach, MD, PhD, director of Neurointerventional Radiology. Cerebrovascular disease, extracranial head and neck vascular disease, functional MR/EEG.
Brian Dillon, MD, Interventional Radiology
Delma Jarrett, MD, Pediatric Radiology, with a focus on musculoskeletal imaging
Sanjay Prabhu, MBBS, PhD, Pediatric Neuroradiology and Pediatric Radiology, with a focus on cardiac imaging
Information about other faculty members