We know kids inside and out

At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, our radiology and diagnostic services offer patients the newest tools and techniques to find out exactly what’s going on inside kids’ bodies when they’re sick or hurt. 

Children’s performs more than 100,000 imaging procedures every year, using tools such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and nuclear medicine to pinpoint a child’s diagnosis. We also work hard to keep pain and stress to a minimum and make the experience as fun as possible.

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Tests don’t have to be tough

From friendly d├ęcor to kid-sized radiation doses, Children’s radiology and diagnostics team strives to make testing a breeze for patients and families. Here’s how:

  • The less, the better. Kids aren’t just pint-sized adults. Kids are more sensitive to radiation than adults. That’s why Children’s team works hard to keep radiation doses as low as possible during imaging tests without compromising the image quality that’s important to making a correct diagnosis. We follow the Image Gently guidelines established in 2008 by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and base our dosing on each child’s age and size.
  • Radiologists with the right stuff. While some conditions are the same in adult and pediatric patients, many conditions are specific to kids. That’s why all test images are interpreted by our board-certified pediatric radiologists, who have specialized training in diagnosing kids and teens. 
  • Drift to dreamland. While most tests are painless and easy, some require kids to stay still for long periods of time and may call for sedation. Children’s specially trained sedation team carefully evaluates each child to identify the type of sedation that will be best for him or her. During a sedated test, a child is closely monitored by our expert staff using advanced equipment. Children’s actually pioneered the development of nurse-administered nitrous oxide.
  • The right environment. Children’s environment is specifically designed to help kids feel relaxed during radiology tests. MRI-safe video goggles are a hit with our teenage patients, while kids of all ages enjoy movies ranging from cartoons to teen flicks. Staff members even wear colorful, fun uniforms to help children feel at ease.

At Children’s, our goal is to provide the best possible radiology care in the most compassionate way we can. Whether your child needs a nurse to hold her hand before a CT scan or you need a radiologist to explain how an MRI works, our team is at the ready to help you prepare for testing and answer any questions. We offer visionary care that helps you see things clearly, too.


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