We see right through kids. And we know what to do next.

Radiology and diagnostic services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota offers a full range of imaging tests that help diagnose an array of health conditions affecting kids — everything from fractures and cardiovascular issues to head injuries and cancer. We then work closely with other specialists from every corner of Children’s and beyond to help kids get well.

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Technology that fits kids

Kids aren’t just small adults, so our medical equipment is tailored to fit children. We offer more than a dozen types of imaging tests, including:

  • CT (computed tomography) scan—Normally used to look for conditions such as appendicitis, internal bleeding or abnormal growths, a CT scan may require the use of a contrast dye or other substance to improve the visibility of certain tissues.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)—Using a large magnet and radio waves, MRI scans create three-dimensional images of body tissues.
  • Ultrasound—This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs and tissues.
  • Bone scan—Using special camera equipment, a bone scan detects problems in the bones such as fractures, infections or other conditions.
  • DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan—Using an X-ray procedure, a DEXA scan helps measure the strength of a patient’s bones by determining bone density.
  • Barium enema—This test shows how the large intestine is working.
  • GE reflux (milk scan)This test determines if your child has food or milk coming up from the stomach, known as reflux.
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) urology test—This test determines how well the kidneys and ureters are functioning.
  • Radionuclide cystogram (RNC)By inserting a catheter into the bladder, this test determines how well the lower urinary tract is working.
  • Renogram—Using special camera equipment, this test looks at kidney function.
  • Upper gastrointestinal series (UGI)—This test examines how the esophagus, stomach and small intestine are working.
  • Video fluoroscope swallow—This test is done to check for problems with swallowing that may interfere with eating or drinking.
  • Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) for boys—This test measures how well the bladder and urethra are working in boys.
  • Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) for girls—This test measures how well the bladder and urethra are working in girls. 

As an organization dedicated to family-centered care, we also offer many child and family services and resources, like interpretive services.


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