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Pediatric Imaging

The Pediatric Imaging Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a full suite of imaging exams using the latest technology. Every exam is interpreted by a specialist with advanced training in pediatric imaging.
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Overview

The Pediatric Imaging Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is staffed by experts from Mass General Imaging who specialize in pediatric imaging exams.The program provides:

  • A full suite of exams including MRI, CT, bone densitometry and ultrasound
  • Leading-edge technology, including the latest ultrasound, MRI and CT scanners

Special attention for special patients

From the moment a child arrives, the staff of Mass General Imaging works hard to make the imaging process as comfortable and safe as possible. From age-appropriate playroom/waiting rooms to child-friendly descriptions of what to expect, we aim to ease anxiety. The nurses and technologists that young patients will encounter specialize in pediatric exams. In addition, a full-time child-life specialist—an expert who encourages and supports kids through the trying exams—is on hand to help ensure a smooth and successful exam. In many cases, this special attention can reduce or eliminate the need for sedation.

Emphasis on safety

Our commitment to safety extends through everything we do, from exam-room procedures to leading-edge research. We are committed to minimizing radiation exposure for all patients, but especially for children. In addition to multiple safeguards to prevent accidental exposure, we strive to continually improve the protocols that govern each type of scan—so that we can use less radiation but still obtain images sufficient for accurate diagnoses. For example, in a typical pediatric CT scan we may use less than half as much radiation as in an adult scan (and our levels for adult scans already are lower than the recommendations of the American College of Radiology). In addition, we employ physicists and engineers to calibrate and maintain our equipment at the highest level, and we invest to replace outmoded equipment and bring the latest technology to our patients.

Subspecialized radiologists

Kate Weagle, MS, CCLS reviews what happens
during a CT exam with a patient.

At Mass General Imaging, every scan is read by a specialty-trained radiologist: an expert who has extensive training and real-world experience in both the imaging technology being used and the patients and conditions in focus. Our dedicated pediatric radiologists belong to the Division of Pediatric Imaging in the Mass General Department of Radiology, where they work within a team tightly focused on pediatric care. In addition to the training all radiologists receive, these specialists possess additional expertise on the diseases and conditions that impact children, as well as how to most effectively—and safely—use imaging technology to diagnose young patients.

Coordinated care

We work in close consultation with your doctor to schedule and plan your exam. Then we provide swift results, including a written report and image access (if your doctor desires), within 48 to 72 hours.

 

Radiologists

  • Bradley R. Buchbinder, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • fMRI
    • Functional neuroimaging
    • Neuroradiology
    • Brain tumors
    • Neurodegenerative disorders
    • Stroke
    • Stroke Imaging
    • Advanced MR techniques
    • Pediatric neuroradiology
    • Epilepsy
    • Diffusion tractography
    Board Certifications
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology
  • Paul A. Caruso, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuroradiology
    • Pediatric CNS and ENT imaging
    • Oromaxillofacial disorders
    • Craniofacial malformations
    • Head and Neck Imaging
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology
    • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Michael S. Gee, MD, PhD

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric abdominal imaging and interventions
    • Molecular imaging
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Radiological Associates
  • Mykol Larvie, MD, PhD

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuroradiology
    • Neurodegenerative disorders
    • brain metastases
    • Brain and spinal cord tumors
    • Brain aneurysms
    • Brainstem and cranial nerve diseases
    • Brain hemorrhage
    • Brain Infections
    • Brain malformations
    • Advanced MR techniques
    • Biosemiotics
    • Anthrograms
    • Emergency radiology
    • PET / CT
    • Dementia
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Nuclear Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology
  • Ruth Lim, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
    • Oncologic imaging
    • Genitourinary imaging
    • PET / CT
    Board Certifications
    • Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Nuclear Medicine
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Nuclear Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Radiological Associates
  • Katherine Nimkin, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Imaging of child abuse
    • Pediatric GI imaging
    • Pediatric ultrasound
    • MR imaging of speech disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Radiological Associates
  • Otto Rapalino, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Brain tumors
    • Neuroradiology
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Advanced MR techniques
    • Stroke Imaging
    • Brainstem and cranial nerve diseases
    • Neurodegenerative disorders
    • Neuroendocrine imaging
    • Neurology of infectious diseases including HIV-neurology
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders
    • Pediatric neuroradiology
    • White matter disease
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology
  • Sandra P. Rincon, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuroradiology
    • Head and Neck Imaging
    • Pediatric neuroradiology
    • Stroke Imaging
    • Stroke
    • Spine Imaging
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology
  • Pallavi Sagar, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Oncologic imaging
    • Genitourinary imaging
    • Dynamic imaging of the pediatric airway
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Radiological Associates
  • Randheer Shailam, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Body imaging
    • Musculoskeletal imaging
    • Radiation Dose Reduction
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Radiological Associates
  • Sjirk J. Westra, MD

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric ultrasound
    • CT and MR imaging of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
    • Radiation safety
    Board Certifications
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    • Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital

Staff

Child Life Specialist

Child life specialists work with children and their families to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization and illness. In the Division of Pediatric Imaging, our child life specialist answers families’ questions, helps children prepare for their appointment and makes sure they are comfortable during their exams.

  • Katie Weagle, MS, CCLS

Pediatric Imaging Nurses

Pediatric imaging nurses coordinate all aspects of a child's care for a test or procedure, including working with the doctors, technologists and child life specialist to ensure that your child has a positive experience as well as providing direct care from the time a family arrives until the time a child is discharged.

  • Deborah Gorham, RN

  • Shannon Kennedy, RN

  • Robert Larocque, RN

  • Erin McIntyre, RN

  • Karen Parsons, RN

  • Kathy Stuart, RN

Pediatric Imaging Technologists

Pediatric imaging technologists are specially trained to perform scans on children. They operate the imaging equipment, position children correctly to achieve high-quality images and stay in communication with them throughout their exam.

  • Terry Donahue, RT(R)(MR)

  • Christine Foster, RT(R)(MR)

  • Lindsay Guidoboni, BS RT(R)(MR)

  • Rosanne McDonald, RT(R)(MR)

Lowering Radiation Dose

Mass General is a world leader in dose-reduction technologies and methods. With access to these resources, MGHfC radiation doses can be half the national average for pediatric patients, which is already significantly lower than the national average for adult patients.

Use these frequently asked questions (FAQ) to learn more about radiation and pediatric CT scans.

In addition to multiple safeguards to prevent accidental exposure, we strive to continually improve the protocols that govern each type of scan—so that we can use less radiation but still obtain images sufficient for accurate diagnoses. The amount of radiation exposure from x-rays, CT scans and other imaging studies is limited to the minimum necessary to answer the diagnostic question.
 

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Read about the many ways we work to minimize radiation dose for adult and child patients, especially from CT (computed tomography) scans.

Information for Patients

Parents can use these resources to help their children prepare for their exams in Pediatric Imaging. Find out what an exam will be like and learn how to come prepared.

  • Pediatric MRI MGH

    Pediatric MRI Visit

    This video provides a close look at a child's MRI experience from start to finish in Pediatric Imaging (04:50).

  • Pediatric MRI MGH

    What is an MRI?

    This video explains the benefits of an MRI and describes who is on the Pediatric Imaging team (01:25).

  • Pediatric MRI MGH

    What Will an MRI Be Like?

    This video describes how to prepare your child for an MRI including what to expect and what to bring (02:40).

  • Pediatric MRI MGH

    What Happens After an MRI?

    This video describes what happens after the exam and the role of the pediatric radiologist in interpreting the images (00:44).

  • MRI machine sound

    What Does an MRI Sound Like?

    Listen to this clip to find out. It plays variations in sound as electricity passes through internal parts of the MRI scanner (00:19).

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Contact

Please contact us to make an appointment. In many cases, same day requests can be accomodated for exams not requiring sedation. If you child is a patient in the hospital, your physician will arrange the exam for you.

We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services for children at two locations:

Mass General Imaging - Boston
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
32 Fruit Street, Suite 6E
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-4207
Fax: 617-726-8360

Mass General West Imaging
40 Second Avenue
The PARC Center
Suite 100 (Diagnostic Services)
Suite 120 (CT/MRI Services)
Waltham, MA 02451

Phone: 800-697-8296
Fax: 800-697-2593

Request an Appointment

Call to request an appointment: 617-724-4207

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