Pediatric Imaging

An imaging study—X-ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomographic (CT) exam, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—is sometimes the best or only test available to doctors who are working to diagnose a child’s illness. The specialists in Columbia’s Pediatric Radiology Division are dedicated caring for children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents, by performing and interpreting every type of imaging study.

We use the newest generation of high technology equipment specially designed or adapted for children, enabling us to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic examinations, and our dedicated pediatric radiologists are available 24/7 for emergencies and consultations. We perform almost 60,000 imaging studies each year, giving us extraordinary experience in visualizing pediatric anatomy and exceptional expertise in making an accurate diagnosis.

Our Services

Low Dose Imaging

Because children are more sensitive to the effects of radiation used in imaging, we champion the use of the lowest dose procedures and equipment while still providing outstanding diagnostic service. We are active participants in the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging’s “Image Gently” initiative, a campaign dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging nationwide. As part of “Image Gently” we are committed to imaging when there is a clear medical benefit; using the lowest amount of radiation to get an adequate image; imaging only the indicated area; avoiding multiple scans; and using alternative diagnostic studies (such as ultrasound or MRI) when possible.

In keeping with our commitment to low-dose imaging for children, we recently installed state-of-the-art imaging equipment called Scoliosis Imaging with EOS, which offers high quality 2D and 3D images of a child’s anatomy while delivering considerably lower radiation dose than conventional radiography. Since children with conditions like scoliosis (curvature of the spine) may have to undergo numerous imaging studies over the years during which they are treated for their condition, low-dose imaging is key.

As pediatric radiologists we understand the unique needs of children, parents, and pediatricians, and we work collaboratively as part of your child’s healthcare team to provide image interpretation in a timely manner to facilitate an accurate and efficient diagnosis. Our goal is to provide your child and family with the best possible care.

Child Life Specialists

We understand that visiting the hospital for an imaging test may cause your child to feel anxious. To help you and your child deal with any anxiety, our technologists and physicians will carefully explain each step of your child’s procedure. Our team includes specialists from the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Child Life Service, whose goal is to help your child feel secure, comforted, and able to understand what is going on.