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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:
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.
Kate Weagle, MS, CCLS reviews what happensduring 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.
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.
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.
Our patient coordinators are often the first people that children and their families meet when they arrive in our waiting room. They answer the phone, prepare paperwork, register patients, schedule appointments and respond to families’ questions and concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This video provides a close look at a child's MRI experience from start to finish in Pediatric Imaging (04:50).
This video explains the benefits of an MRI and describes who is on the Pediatric Imaging team (01:25).
This video describes how to prepare your child for an MRI including what to expect and what to bring (02:40).
This video describes what happens after the exam and the role of the pediatric radiologist in interpreting the images (00:44).
Listen to this clip to find out. It plays variations in sound as electricity passes through internal parts of the MRI scanner (00:19).
For years, doctors could not determine why Olivia Renzi, 17, was growing so rapidly. She was much taller than other children her age and wasn’t developing normally. In 2013, her mother knew something wasn’t right, so she brought her then 14-year-old daughter to MGHfC. Olivia was diagnosed with gigantism, a rare growth disorder, but the diagnosis taught her to tap into a source of inner strength she didn't know she had.
In honor of NICU Awareness Month, Aloft Boston Seaport wanted to give back to the hospital staff who care for families when they need it most. Hotel and MGHfC staff came together to distribute nearly 1,000 freshly-made bagels and donuts after an event at Aloft Boston Seaport cancelled at the last minute.
In a recent paper in Pediatric Radiology on minimizing sedation in pediatric MRI, Chief of Pediatric Imaging Michael S. Gee, MD, PhD and chief radiology resident Camilo Jaimes, MD examine strategies to help make MRI safe and comfortable for kids.
Radiation doses at MassGeneral Hospital for Children can be half the national average for pediatric patients. Use these frequently asked questions (FAQ) to learn more about radiation and pediatric CT scans.
Michael S. Gee, MD, PHD, has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), which was effective Nov. 17.
A recent study in Pediatrics found that half of parents are aware of the potential increase in future cancer risk associated with pediatric CT scans.
Published by JAMA Pediatrics, a large study to quantify trends in the use of pediatric CT scans links associated radiation exposure with future cancer risk.
Dushyant Sahani, MD, Director of CT at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging, answers parents’ questions on the June 2012 study in The Lancet that found that children who get several CT scans have a slightly higher chance of brain cancer and leukemia in later life.
A jungle has crept into the newly renovated MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Imaging Waiting Room.
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 - BostonYawkey Center for Outpatient Care32 Fruit Street, Suite 6EBoston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-4207Fax: 617-726-8360
Mass General Imaging - Waltham40 Second AvenueThe PARC CenterSuite 100 (Diagnostic Services)Suite 120 (CT/MRI Services)Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 800-697-8296Fax: 800-697-2593
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