Pediatric Medical Imaging (Radiology)

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Care at 4 locations

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Appointments 1.800.543.7362 

Lurie Children’s Department of Medical Imaging provides care that spans across all hospital divisions by providing services like medical imaging tests and interventional radiology. We perform m​ore than 115,000 procedures a year, helping our specialists care for their patients with the best imaging procedures possible. 

Children come from around the world for our nationally recognized Cardiac Imaging Program. Our large Interventional Radiology Program is also well regarded, especially for procedures to treat liver transplant complications.

Our high-tech digital imaging equipment gives children the least amount of radiation exposure as part of our commitment to the Image Gently campaign​. Unlike most radiology departments, Lurie Children’s has two full-time medical physicists, who monitor radiation dose and equipment to ensure that patients receive safe doses. We also have the capabilities to safely use sedation to image children who could not otherwise have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or other tests.

Approach

When you step into any of our facilities, you enter a vibrant, kid-friendly atmosphere. Our spaces are designed to make families feel comfortable — from waiting room activities to adventure-themed exam rooms in the hospital.

After you’ve finished preparing your child for their medical imaging procedure, you are encouraged to stay and participate in the procedure to help reduce your child’s anxiety.

We feel passionately about minimizing the radiation exposure that children receive when undergoing imaging procedures, as children are more sensitive to radiation than adults. To help spread awareness and promote gentle imaging techniques, we’ve taken on a leadership role in the Image Gently campaign​.The head of the department, James S. Donaldson, MD, has also discussed the importance of minimizing radiation in children on WGN-TV's Medical Watch. In December 2013, our team earned the Siemens' Right Dose Excellence Award for our low radiation dose imaging technique. Learn more on our blog.

 

Imaging Services

Our imaging programs, most of which are accredited by the American College of Radiology, offer a number of imaging methods, or “modalities”. 

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Experience

Our entire staff is dedicated to evaluating and treating infants, children and teens. The pediatric team includes:

  • Radiologists
  • Interventional radiologists​ (radiologists who perform minimally invasive treatments using imaging)
  • Anesthesiologists and hospitalists
  • Medical physicists
  • Radiologic technologists
  • Sonographers (ultrasound technicians)
  • Sedation nurses
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Child life specialists

Additionally, many of our radiologists specialize in an area of radiology, such as neuroradiology (radiology of neurologic conditions).

The head of the department, James S. Donaldson, MD, has more than 30 years of experience in radiology. Dr. Donaldson is the Earl J. Frederick Professor of Radiology at Lurie Children’s and Professor of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatric, diagnostic and vascular/interventional radiology.


Meet the Team 



Related Programs

We also work on multispecialty teams to make sure each child’s treatment plan receives input from various experts. 

Appointments

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®).

 

Research

We have an active research program, including patient studies (clinical trials).

Fellowships & Education

In partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we offer several one-year pediatric radiology fellowships. We also have a clinical educator on staff to ensure all of our specialists are up to date with the most current care procedures for our patients.

Learn about our fellowship

Learn about our clinical education.

Philanthropy

Private contributions have helped further our efforts to minimize our patients’ radiation exposure by funding new equipment. Your su​pport is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families.

Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail th​e Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500