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Paediatric Radiology

Paediatric radiology is a branch of medical imaging that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions in infants, children, and adolescents.

At Aspire Radiology, we understand that having medical examinations done can be scary for the children and stressful for the parents. We pay extra special care when we imaging children. Our empathetic technologists will put you at ease and make the process as smooth as possible. For paediatric patients having X-ray examinations, we ensure we will obtain high quality images using the minimal amount of radiation. If you are concerned, our technical staff are more than happy to explain the benefits and the risks of the examination your doctor ordered or talk through other imaging options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly used imaging modalities for paediatric patients are X-ray and ultrasound.  CT and MRI can be used, however careful evaluation will be carried out prior.

While the basic principles of imaging remain the same, there are specific considerations in paediatric radiology due to the smaller size of paediatric patients, differences in anatomy, and the need to limit radiation exposure.

Yes, minimizing radiation exposure is a primary concern in paediatric radiology. Techniques such as low-dose protocols and the use of alternative imaging modalities (like ultrasound or MRI) are employed whenever possible.

The preparation for a paediatric radiology procedure may vary depending on the specific test. It often involves explaining the procedure in child-friendly language, and if necessary, providing sedation or anesthesia for comfort.

In most cases, parents or guardians are allowed to stay with their child during the imaging procedure to provide comfort and support. However, they may need to wear protective lead aprons if required.

Yes, paediatric radiologists are radiologists who have completed additional training in paediatric imaging. They are knowledgeable about the unique challenges and considerations involved in imaging children.

Paediatric radiology is used to evaluate a wide range of conditions including congenital anomalies, bone fractures, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal issues, and neurological disorders, among others.

Pregnant women should inform the healthcare team if they are pregnant or suspect they may be, as precautions may need to be taken to limit radiation exposure.

After the imaging procedure, the images will be reviewed by a paediatric radiologist, and the findings will be communicated to the referring physician, who will then discuss the results with the child’s parents or guardians.

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