What We Treat

At Children's, we are 100 percent dedicated to kids. At each of our locations, you'll find:

  • Pediatric radiologists with advanced training 
  • Dose-reducing technology that allows us to cut CT and X-ray radiation exposure by up to 50 percent compared to adult facilities

Services We Offer

We offer a variety of diagnostic services to accurately diagnose injuries and illnesses including:

  • CT Scan: A pediatric CT scan uses advanced X-ray technology to take cross-sections of your child's body, called slices. The CT scanner is a doughnut-shaped machine used to view parts of the child's body that cannot be seen with a regular X-ray. 
  • DEXA scan: A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is a special pediatric bone scan that uses X-rays to determine the strength of bones. It is the most accurate method of testing bone density using the lowest amount of radiation. 
  • Fluoroscopy procedures: These procedures use an X-ray that allows radiologists to view internal organs in motion. The video images are transmitted a video monitor.
  • Interventional radiology: Interventional radiology procedures for children often replace open surgical procedures. Interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance
  • MRI: An MRI produces very clear images of the human body using a large magnet, radio waves and computers to take pictures of the body.
  • Nuclear medicine: Nuclear medicine imaging for children uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease by providing information about the structure and function of body parts. In imaging, the radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide precise pictures of the area of the body being imaged. 
  • PET/CT: Positron emission tomography (PET/CT) imaging offers physicians a unique view of the body's organs and tissue because it records function by showing pictures at the cellular level.
  • Sedation and anesthesia services: When your child has a procedure or surgery, he needs to stay still, from a few minutes to a few hours. To help with this, our team offers sedation to relax your child or anesthesia to put your child to sleep.
  • Ultrasound: Ultrasound uses sound waves to study hard-to-reach areas of the body. Ultrasound is noninvasive and uses a small probe that is run over the area of the body being studied. This ultrasound translates the sound waves to create a digital image.
  • X-ray: X-rays are made by using low levels of external radiation to produce images of the body, the organs and other internal structures for diagnostic purposes. An X-ray provides a picture of inside the body by using special radioactive rays. An X-ray can show bones, tissues or parts of organs.

Additional radiology services include intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Our Unique Approach

What makes our radiology centers different? We have:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Calming environments and 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 calming. For example, we have illustrations of space and fantasy lands that can be projected onto the ceiling to distract patients during procedures. Our staff has pediatric training and knows how to relieve anxiety for both our patients and their parents.

Warm snuggles

Although our therapy dogs don’t typically hang out in the radiology rooms at our hospitals, they are happy to visit to help a child through a procedure. Patients can request to ride the CT machine with a child-sized stuffed animal or one of our therapy dogs to comfort them.

Meet our pediatric radiologists

Awards and recognition

We are proud to be a leader in pediatric radiology. 

Our Radiology department has been named one of the only pediatric Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) programs in the country. We are the only facility in Georgia to receive this designation. 

Learn more about Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

The Children's radiology departments are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Accreditation by the ACR demonstrates a commitment to quality care and patient safety.

Learn more about the American College of Radiology

Locations

Egleston hospital

1405 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30322-1062

Hughes Spalding hospital

35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Scottish Rite hospital

1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-1605

Children's at Forsyth

410 Peachtree Parkway, The Collection at Forsyth

Cumming, GA 30041-7407

Children's at Hudson Bridge

1510 Hudson Bridge Road

Stockbridge, GA 30281-5020

Children's at Satellite Boulevard

2660 Satellite Blvd.

Duluth, GA 30096-5803

Children's at Town Center

625 Big Shanty Road NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144-6812

Children's at Webb Bridge

3155 North Point Parkway, Building A

Alpharetta, GA 30005-5481