Although children often require the same type of radiology tests as adults, these tests can be very frightening to children because the tests cannot be easily explained to them. The challenge of a good pediatric imaging subspecialist is to provide a quality examination with the least amount of trauma to the child. Subspecialized pediatric radiologists are also American College of Radiology (ACR) certified, an additional qualification for pediatric imaging.
Children are also more susceptible to radiation than adults. It is important that your provider explain the type of testing that will be administered to your child, and ensure that they are using the lowest possible dose to ensure your child's safety. More information about radiation protection in children can be found on the Image Gently website, www.imagegently.org.
Pediatric imaging subspecialists work hand in hand on a daily basis with pediatricians, surgeons, oncologists, and more. They utilize a variety of procedures, depending on a patient’s needs. Pediatric imaging examinations/procedures include x-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and more.