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Pediatric Imaging

MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers pediatric imaging services at Mass General Imaging’s locations in Boston, Chelsea, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, Danvers and Waltham.

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Our radiologists (the doctors reading your child’s images), advanced practice providers, nurses, child life specialists, technologists and care coordinators look for every opportunity to understand and help patients and their families during the imaging process. From the moment your child arrives, we work hard to make the imaging process as comfortable as possible and aim to ease anxiety by providing child-friendly descriptions of what to expect. In many cases, this special attention can reduce or eliminate the need for sedation. Learn more about our staff.

Types of Pediatric Imaging

Bone Densitometry

A bone densitometry exam helps physicians diagnose and track the treatment of osteoporosis or other conditions that cause bone loss. We offer this exam for pediatric patients ages newborn to 18 years old at Mass General Imaging – Waltham.

CT

A CT (computed tomography) scan is a test using special X-ray equipment to take detailed images of inside the body. We offer CT imaging services for pediatric patients in Boston on Blake 2 and the Waltham location. Patients ages 16 to 18 years old can have CT imaging in Boston on Blake 2 or Yawkey 6, in Chelsea, Danvers or Waltham.

Extremity CT

We offer extremity CT services for patients ages newborn to 18 years old at Mass General Imaging in Boston on Yawkey 3. Extremity CT is offered on a case-by-case basis for patients ages newborn to 7 years old.

Fluoroscopy

We offer fluoroscopy imaging services for patients ages newborn to 18 years old at Mass General Imaging in Boston on Ellison 2 and in Waltham. Fluoroscopy exams vary by site.

MRI

An MRI is a test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to take detailed images of organs and tissues. An MRI does not use radiation. Sometimes, an MRI exam requires contrast to help the radiologists see the images more clearly. We offer MRI imaging for pediatric patients at Mass General Imaging in Boston on Ellison 2, Chelsea, Danvers and Waltham.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a field of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive tracer to diagnose a wide range of disease. We offer nuclear medicine imaging exams for patients ages newborn to 18 years old at Mass General Imaging in Boston on White 2.

PET-CT

A PET-CT combines 2 types of imaging exams, PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) to find changes in the body at different stages of a disease. We offer PET-CT imaging for pediatric patients ages newborn to 18 years old at Mass General Imaging in Boston on Blake 2.

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs such as the abdomen, liver, pelvis or blood vessels. We offer ultrasound imaging for pediatric patients at Mass General Imaging in Boston on White 2 and Waltham. For patients ages 16 to 18 years old, we also offer ultrasound exams at the Chelsea HealthCare Center and for patients 18 years and older, we offer ultrasound imaging in Danvers as well.



Prepare for Pediatric Imaging

These videos provide information about a child’s MRI experience, how to prepare your child for an exam and what happens after an MRI.


Patient Resources

Use these patient resources to learn more about pediatric imaging at Mass General. You can contact us if you have any questions.

Make an Appointment

Make an Appointment

Call the Mass General Imaging Central Scheduling Office at 617-724-9729 to schedule.

Your Child’s CT: What to Expect

Your Child’s CT: What to Expect

Learn how you can help your child through their CT imaging and what to expect.

Your Child’s MRI: What to Expect

Your Child’s MRI: What to Expect

Learn how you can help your child through their MRI imaging and what to expect.

Your Child’s X-ray: What to expect

Your Child’s X-ray: What to expect

Learn how you can help your child during their X-ray imaging and what to expect.

Radiologists

Radiologists

While you may not meet them in person, you can learn more about our radiologists.

Lowering Radiation dose

Lowering Radiation dose

Learn more about the many ways we work with families to minimize radiation dose exposure.

Your Child’s MRE: What to expect

Your Child’s MRE: What to expect

Learn how you can help your child during their MRE imaging and what to expect.

Your Child’s GI (UGI) Series: What to expect

Your Child’s GI (UGI) Series: What to expect

Learn how you can help your child during their GI (UGI) imaging and what to expect.

Pediatric Sedation and Anesthesia

Pediatric Sedation and Anesthesia

Learn how you can help your child prepare for imaging with anesthesia and what to expect.