CT scans and radiation

A CT scan ("cat scan") is a test that uses X-rays to provide images of the inside your child's body. These images can help tell us the cause of your child's illness. However, CT scans use radiation that can be harmful in the long run. The amount of radiation can add up over a lifetime, so it is best to avoid CT scans in children unless the test is absolutely needed.

For that reason, ultrasound is thought to be safer in children. In most pediatric emergency departments, we can perform ultrasound 24 hours a day. Pediatric facilities have expert ultrasound technicians to ensure that your child gets the best ultrasound scan.

If it is necessary for your child to have a CT scan, we will use special techniques in order to minimize the amount of radiation that your child is exposed to.

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