Diagnosis & Services

Our 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. 

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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.

Hepatobiliary Scan

Before a Hepatobiliary Scan, read this guide to help you explain to your child what will happen during the test.

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.

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 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.

Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy is offered through the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center.

Ultrasound

An imaging technology using 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.