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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Cardiac Catheterization

A procedure in which a long, flexible tube is inserted into the blood vessels and guided into the heart, to visualize the structures inside, collect samples, make incisions and implant devices.

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.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram, echo or heart ultrasound, is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure using sound waves reflected off the surfaces of the heart to providing moving images of your child's heart.

Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram is one of the simplest procedures used to evaluate the heart, taking only five to 10 minutes. The tracings allow the physician to see abnormal heartbeats that may indicate a heart problem.

Fetal Echocardiogram

A fetal echocardiogram (or “echo”) is a specialized ultrasound (“sono”) examination of the unborn baby’s heart.

Hepatobiliary Scan

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

Interventional Radiology

Learn how Interventional radiology uses images to help perform minimally invasive procedures.

Magnetic Resonance Ima​gi​ng (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.