This article originally appeared in Star Chronicle, a newsletter
published for the Children's Medical Center.
An 8-year-old sees his primary care pediatrician for treatment of a urinary
tract infection. His doctor recommends testing to see if he has urinary reflux,
a condition where urine abnormally flows from the bladder back toward the
The patient is seen in pediatric radiology at the Children's Medical Center and
has a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG), a test that firmly diagnoses the reflux.
The diagnosis allows his physician to get to the bottom of the problem and
review treatment options before any damage to the kidneys occurs. This example
is just one of the many services pediatric radiology provides.
Staffed by board-certified and fellowship trained physicians, pediatric
radiology provides comprehensive imaging services for children from birth to 18
years of age. Staff members, specially trained in pediatric procedures, keep the
special needs of children at the forefront of care.
Radiology procedures are able to rule out diseases, diagnose conditions, and
facilitate treatments for a variety of disorders of the abdomen, chest, head,
extremities and spine.
Exams done in the pediatric suite include all standard radiologic and
fluoroscopic procedures (such as upper GIs and VCUGs), ultrasound, CT and MRI
scans, and some interventional procedures. According to Christine Wallace, MD,
pediatric radiology, "In the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, we have portable
ultrasound and x-ray equipment for babies too fragile to be moved.
"Our ultrasound equipment is state-of-the-art, and our fluoroscopy equipment
is being upgraded to remain at the forefront of technology," says Dr. Wallace.
"Thanks to a new partnership with a medical imaging company, we will improve our
imaging capabilities over the next few years. In addition, a new picture
archiving system will have several benefits, including quicker access to test
results for referring physicians."
The team believes in working directly with referring physicians, taking
high-quality images, all the while remembering the needs of a child. Dr. Wallace
comments, "We have a great staff who make service the top priority."