Pediatric Imaging Services and Procedures
Note: For cardiology procedures, please contact the cardiology clinic that scheduled the appointment.
At American Family Children's Hospital our Imaging Pavilion features several imaging procedures, providing your child’s care team with the images they need to ensure the safest and most accurate diagnosis and treatment possible.
The Hybrid Lab: A World-Class First in Patient Safety
American Family Children’s Hospital was the first in the world to offer ultra-low-dose radiation imaging equipment for children who require a variety of invasive procedures including:
- Cardiac catheterization (to diagnose or treat heart defects)
- Cerebral angiogram (to see how blood flows through the brain)
- Fluoroless diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias using a 3-D mapping system and radiofrequency or cryoablation
- Pacemaker and automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD) implantation
- Embolization (to treat abnormal blood vessels in the brain and other parts of the body)
Radiation exposure is at least 50 percent lower than in conventional settings for patients who have these procedures at American Family Children’s Hospital.
Children who require fluoroscopy – an X-ray that shows movement such as swallowing, urine drainage or bowel movement – now have the procedures done with at least 50 percent less exposure than in conventional settings, thanks to new equipment that puts the safety of the child first.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and magnetic fields as it scans parts of the body and generates signals that powerful computers can transform into amazingly detailed images of the child’s body. MRI can be especially useful in looking at the brain, spine, soft tissue, muscle, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bone marrow and blood vessels. Learn more about what to expect during an MRI
Positron emission tomography (PET) and computerized tomography (CT) are both state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of disease within the body before making treatment recommendations.
Ultrasound imaging, also called a sonography, uses ultrasound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound waves travel from a transducer into the patient, bounce off structures, and return to the transducer where they are detected. An ultrasound is a great diagnostic tool for children because there is no exposure to radiation and no sedation or general anesthesia is needed. Learn more about what to expect during an ultrasound
Pediatric sedation at American Family Children's Hospital offers patients the opportunity to receive medications to alleviate both pain and fear, focusing on each child's individual needs and desires, prior to each medical procedure. Learn more about Pediatric Sedation services