Imaging Services

Lurie Children's Department of Medical Imaging offers a variety of scans and services to help diagnose children’s conditions and plan their treatment. Select a test below to learn more.

You can also learn more about these procedures on radiologyinfo.org, a site managed by the Radiological Society of North America.

  • Computerized Tomography (CT)​: A CT scan, also called a CAT scan, gives your doctor a closer look at your child's internal organs, bony anatomy, blood vessels and soft tissues, with more detail than a general x-ray. 
  • Feed & Swaddle for MRI and CT Exams: For infants referred to Lurie Children's for an MRI or CT exam, we use a technique called "feed and swaddle" to help babies remain still for the exam without having to give them medication or anesthesia
  • Fetal Imaging: Our team of expert fetal imagers assist with the screening and diagnosis of various fetal abnormalities to guide fetal interventions, maternal-fetal care, and delivery planning.
  • Interventional Radiology: Interventional radiologists use imaging guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures, which may result in less pain and allow for quicker recovery times for our patients.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI is an imaging technique that uses a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce two- or three-dimensional images of the body.
  • Neuroimaging: State-of-the-art neuroimaging includes computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and advanced neuroimaging techniques such functional MRI (fMRI).
  • Nuclear Medicine: Nuclear medicine scans u​se tiny amounts of radioactive materials (isotopes), a special camera and a computer to create images from various parts of the body.
  • PET/CT Scan: A PET/CT scan is an imaging test to detect cancer and neurological diseases, using special pictures taken after a tiny amount of a radioactive liquid is injected into a vein.
  • Ultrasound: An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to see structures within the human body. It is noninvasive, there is no radiation and the exam is painless.
  • X-ray: X-rays give Lurie Children's radiologists a completely noninvasive way to diagnose or assess problems occurring in various areas of your child's body.