Radiology Just for Kids

When your child needs imaging, bring him to the place that is 100 percent dedicated to kids. 

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has the largest pediatric radiology program in the country, and our new Radiology Center in Cobb County opened recently. The location at Children's at Town Center has several forms of pediatric imaging

At each of our locations, you’ll find:

Advanced equipment, fit for kids: We were the first pediatric hospital in the U.S. to use special shields that reduce radiation exposure to sensitive body parts. For more infomation
Low-dose technology and pediatric protocols: We follow As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and Image Gently guidelines to ensure the radiation levels are as low as possible. For more infomation
Smaller IVs: We have a wide variety of IV sizes to accommodate each patient's needs. Smaller IVs can help our patients feel more comfortable and have a better experience. For more infomation
Sedation: Our team includes pediatric-trained sedation specialists who are available to provide medication to help patients stay still or relax for their procedure. For more infomation
Calming effects: Our rooms are equipped with calming effects such as shapes and illustrations that can be projected onto the ceiling to portray adventures in outer space and fantasy lands to help put patients at ease. For more infomation
Warm snuggles: Patients can request to ride the CT machine with a child-sized stuffed animal or one of the therapy dogs at our hospitals to comfort them. For more infomation

Six Facts that Make Our Radiology Centers Different

  • 1 - Advanced Equipment, Fit for Kids

      Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in the U.S. to use special shields that reduce radiation exposure to sensitive body parts. These shields, known as Bismuth shields, are made for adults, but our radiology team makes special alterations to each shield to so they fit our young patients perfectly.

  • 2 - Low-Dose Technology and Pediatric Protocols

      Children’s follows As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and Image Gently guidelines to ensure the radiation levels are as low as possible

      Doses are based on the specific area of the body being scanned, the number of recent scans and the patient’s weight. 

      Children’s customizes each patient’s scan, allowing us to reduce the amount of CT and X-ray radiation your child is exposed to by up to 50 percent compared to adult facilities.

  • 3 - Smaller IVs

      We treat patients of all sizes—from tall teens to small infants—so we know it's important to have equipment that is the right size for each patient. 

      Children’s has a wide variety of IV sizes to accommodate each patient's needs. Smaller IVs can help our patients feel more comfortable and have a better experience.

  • 4 - Safe Sedation

      When children are nervous, upset or restless, or just very young, they may move too much to get a clear enough picture for doctors to diagnose them properly. As a result, scans have to be repeated. 

      Our team includes pediatric-trained sedation specialists who are available to provide medication to help patients stay still or relax for their procedure. Our sedation specialists have years of experience at giving the right dose of medication to keep your child comfortable and safe.

  • 5 - Calming Effects

      Even patients who do not require sedation may still be anxious about their radiology experience. 

      Some of our centers offer child life specialists who use distraction techniques to help settle nerves

      Our rooms are also equipped with calming effects such as shapes and illustrations that can be projected onto the ceiling to portray adventures in outer space and fantasy lands to help put patients at ease. 

      Also, our staff has pediatric training and knows how to relieve anxiety for both our patients and their parents.

  • 6 - Warm Snuggles

      Although our therapy dogs don’t typically hang out in the radiology rooms at our hospitals, they will if they’re asked. 

      Patients can request to ride the CT machine with a child-sized stuffed animal or one of our therapy dogs to comfort them.

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