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Radiology at CHOP

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A committment to patient safety
The Department of Radiology is accredited by the American College of Radiology for our safe imaging practices.

The Department of Radiology of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides specialized imaging for infants, children and pregnant women. At CHOP, your family has access to state of the art imaging technologies in an environment that is safe and pleasant for patients of all ages. All of our equipment has been adapted for children, and our specialized sedation and pediatric anesthesia capabilities are tailored to make the entire experience safe and comforting for your child. Our pediatric radiologists interpret every scan, providing expertise that will help you and your child’s doctor make the best decisions about care.

Our team has set the standard in establishing safe, low-dose pediatric imaging services. We have helped to lead the way with our commitment to reducing radiation and investing in new imaging technologies that allow us to offer the safest, most advanced diagnostic procedures and low-dose solutions. In fact, our pediatric radiologists help to write guidelines used around the country for safer imaging of children.

The Department of Radiology is an accredited facility, recognized by the American College of Radiology for our commitment to safe imaging practices in computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

The lowest dose for your highest priority

Imaging for children is a special skill. As medical imaging capabilities continue to improve, we remain committed to using these powerful technologies safely and reducing patients’ exposure to radiation, especially for children whose conditions require repeated studies over the years.

The Department of Radiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers the most radiation-free and low-dose options in pediatrics in the region, including advanced EOS imaging.

To keep your child's safety at the forefront, we:

  1. Invest in machines that deliver less radiation.
  2. Reduce the dose of radiological imaging to the lowest amount possible, while still obtaining high-quality images that provide the necessary diagnostic information.
  3. Reduce the use of CT and other types of imaging that require radiation by choosing non-radioactive alternatives (such as ultrasound or MRI) when possible.

CHOP radiologists are long-time leaders in the movement toward safer scanning for children. In 2007, CHOP’s Radiologist-in-Chief, Diego Jaramillo, M.D. helped found Image Gently, an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The initiative is now an international movement comprised of more than 70 medical organizations worldwide dedicated to protecting children from the potentially harmful effects of imaging radiation.

Imaging services available at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia include:

Our staff of highly trained physicians, nurses and technologists works in cooperation with other Hospital services to provide the ideal patient experience.

Some imaging studies may require sedation or distraction techniques. Our Radiology/Sedation nursing team and Child Life Specialists work in conjunction with the Department of Radiology to provide this extended patient care.

More appointment times to meet your needs

We have recently increased the number of available appointments. For many imaging studies patients can be accommodated within 48 hours or even the same day at either our Main Campus or King of Prussia Specialty Care Center.

Your child's physician may call the Radiology Department at 215-590-7000 and schedule the test for you or he/she may give you a prescription for the test (and a referral, depending on the type of insurance) so that you can make the appointment yourself.

The radiology scheduler will ask you several questions: child's name, address, home and cell phone numbers, diagnosis, name of test/procedure being ordered, name and phone number of the ordering physician, child's allergies, and type of insurance.

In addition to our regular weekday schedule, weekend appointments for CT scans and MRI procedures are now available at the Main Campus. Hours are:

Many studies can be performed at the Pediatric Imaging Center at our King of Prussia Specialty Care Center, so you may be asked if it is more convenient for you to have your child's test done there.

Your child's prescription and referral may be faxed to 215-590-4543, or you can bring the paperwork with you on the day of your appointment.

What can you expect after you schedule an appointment?

Depending on the study, a member of the radiology staff will call you ahead of time with instructions and information. Please inform him/her if your child has any internal metal or implanted medical devices. Some of the tests that we perform require that we take special precautions to make sure that the metal/device is safe in the radiology area. We may ask you to bring written information regarding the type of metal or device, manufacturer, model number, and the location and date of placement, or you may fax the information to 215-590-4543.

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