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Pediatric Radiology

For some sick or injured children, imaging procedures such as CT scans and x-rays are an essential part of their care. Our pediatric imaging services are an important addition in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients.

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1447 Harper Street
Augusta, GA 30912
706-721-5201
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Our Approach

There might come a time when part of your child’s care involves a trip to Pediatric Radiology.  It could be to have an x-ray of a broken bone, to get an image of an internal organ, or to diagnose and treat a problem with the way something is functioning inside your child’s body.

The pediatric radiology department at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia consists of two full-time pediatric radiologists and a staff of dedicated pediatric technologists who use advanced imaging equipment to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of children from birth to age 21.

We believe it’s important that your child receives their exam from board-certified pediatric radiologists, and skilled radiographers and sonographers, who are highly trained in imaging procedures and techniques specifically set up with children in mind. When your child comes to us, we provide:

  • A Pediatric Imaging Suite: Our state-of-the-art Pediatric Imaging Suite is specially equipped to diagnose and treat children using the latest technology, like SkyFlow low-dose x-ray and 256-slice CT scanner, all located under one roof.
  • Board-Certified Radiologists: At the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, we also employ the region’s only board-certified pediatric radiologists. Pediatric radiologists are specifically trained to understand children’s unique bone structures and their disease processes, so they are the most well-equipped to read and interpret these imaging scans and diagnose diseases and disorders in children.
  • Skilled Radiographers: Our pediatric team is trained to administer the proper radiation dosages for children to ensure your child receives the lowest exposure possible. We have experience in helping children overcome their fears of the large, and sometimes noisy, imaging machines. If your child is still anxious, we offer Pediatric Sedation Services to help calm them so that they remain still, allowing us to complete their exam successfully.

The first steps to a positive imaging experience

When you enter our main waiting area your child will be set at ease with soft lighting, comfortable chairs and an interactive video wall where they can play games and immerse themselves in a virtual world of fun, all before they go into an exam room.

Families who prefer a more private waiting space may use the patient lounges inside the Pediatric Imaging Suite - a series of cozy nooks, flanked with intimate seating, and illuminated in colorful lights.

Kid-friendly touches

Patients are greeted by bright colorful wall murals as they come back to their test room.  Our staff lets children choose the lighting color and theme for their room - complete with visuals and sounds.  This helps to give a sense of control to your child that will help them relax before their exam.

Children can choose a character to be a “test patient” for our “kitten” scanner, a miniature simulated CT scanner.  This allows a “show-and-tell" opportunity, between our staff and your child, to explain how the scan will work.  This also helps to calm any fears or anxieties. 

Eliminating Fears

Our radiographers and radiologic staff know how to “kid” around! They are specially trained to work with children to:

  • Answer any questions they may have to help them get over their fears and worries.
  • Explain what is happening so that they can cooperate with instructions during the exam.
  • Ensure your child is comfortable, relaxed, and can remain still throughout his or her radiological exam.

During your child’s imaging procedure our specially trained radiographers work with you and your child to ensure they are comfortable during their procedure.  In many instances, little or no preparation is required for your child’s exam. But for certain tests, your child will need special preparation:

Upper GI Series and Esophagram (Barium Swallow).

During this test, we will take images while your child is drinking barium, a white chalky liquid, to examine how liquids move through the upper GI tract. These images may be taken while they are lying on their side or on their back.

Preparation for an Upper GI:

0 – 1 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 3 hours prior to exam

1 – 2 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 4 hours prior to exam

3 – 19 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 8 hours prior to exam

Modified Barium Swallow (with Speech Therapy).

Your child will sit in a chair and will drink barium, which is a white chalky liquid.  They may drink several different consistencies. They may also eat applesauce, pudding or a cracker with barium mixed in.

Preparation for Modified Barium Swallow:

0 – 1 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 3 hours prior to exam

1 – 2 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 4 hours prior to exam

3 – 19 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 8 hours prior to exam

Small Bowel Follow Through

Your child will have to drink barium, which is a white chalky liquid. After your child drinks the barium, we will wait 30 minutes to take an image of the abdomen to see how far the barium has moved through the small bowel. After the initial scan, we will continue to take abdominal images approximately every 30 minutes to see the passage of the barium through the small bowel. This test can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how rapidly the barium passes through.

Preparation for a Small Bowel Follow Through:

0 – 1 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 3 hours prior to exam

1 – 2 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 4 hours prior to exam

3 – 19 years of age: NOTHING to eat or drink 8 hours prior to exam

Barium Enema

Your child will have an enema tip placed into their rectum, and we will put a special contrast liquid called gastrografin into the rectum through the tube.

Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG)

Your child will have a catheter placed in their bladder.  We will run a special contrast liquid called Cysto-Conray through the catheter into the bladder.  Once the bladder is filled, we will ask the child to empty their bladder on the table.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Your child will lay on a stretcher and have ultrasound gel placed on the abdomen and be imaged with a small handheld transducer.

Preparation for an Abdominal Ultrasound:

Nothing to eat or drink for 3 hours prior to the exam.

 

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