A CT or CAT scan uses X-rays to take cross-sectional pictures of the inside of the body in “slices.” These slices are then reconstructed into an image.
CT studies give more information about the inside of a body than a single X-ray image and may be necessary for your child’s medical treatment. CT scans also result in more radiation exposure than a single X-ray.
The number of CT scans performed on children has increased five-fold over the last 15 years. Ninety percent of those scans were performed at non-pediatric hospitals, often exposing children to unnecessary radiation.
Our new Siemens Force CT machine at our main hospital campus is equipped with the latest technology to assure our kids are scanned with the lowest dose possible while maintaining the highest image quality. Fast scan times, along with compassionate care and interactions with child life specialists, result in great image quality for more accurate diagnoses.