Children's Imaging

Chest x-rays

Chest x-rays in children are most often used to identify pneumonias including TB. Our paediatric radiologists have extensive experience in the interpretation of all paediatric x-rays and scans.

Effects of Radiation

X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation. Excessive radiation can be detrimental to human organs. In particular, children, whose bodies are  still developing, are at increased risk of radiation related cell damage. The greatest concern is that the radiation can precipitate the growth of cancers in the child.

Radiation Protection

Although the radiation dosage from modern x-rays is relatively small and it is extremely unlikely that occasional x-rays or even CT scans will cause any damage whatsoever, it is vitally important that we limit the radiation exposure to children as much as possible. This means being discriminating when electing to do x-rays, doing as few x-rays as possible on any given patient and using dose reducing techniques at all time.

Both our radiographers and radiologists are well trained in the techniques and philosophy of radiation reduction in paediatric radiology.

Paediatric MRI

MRI is an ideal study in children since it involves no radiation and usually does not require intravenous contrast (this is opposed to CT scans which involve both)

Congenital/developmental brain disorders, and paediatric tumours are some of the more common indications for MRI.

The Parklane MRI is staffed by a radiologist experienced in paediatric imaging, and has specialized equipment for paediatric use that allows us to obtain the highest quality images. We also have an anesthetic unit inside the MRI room as it is sometimes necessary to do paediatric scans under general anaesthesia.