Beaumont Children's offers imaging services to support the diagnosis
of numerous childhood diseases. Services include X-rays, CT (computed
tomography or CAT scan), ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine and
procedures such as fluoroscopy, biopsy and drainage of fluid or abscess
Specially trained professionals
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric radiologists
have additional training and experience in the interpretation of
pediatric studies. Supporting the radiologists are technologists
specially trained to help children and their families feel relaxed and
comfortable while accommodating any special needs.
- Cutting-edge CT - All Beaumont CT scanners are
programmed to minimize radiation dose while obtaining high quality
diagnostic images. Our Flash CT offers the additional advantage of being
up to 40 times faster than a conventional CT, decreasing the likelihood
that sedation will be required for many patients.
- Kitten Scanner - Located at our Royal Oak campus,
this child-sized model scanner reduces fear by helping children learn
about the MRI scanning process by "trying it out."
- Cinemavision - These MRI-compatible goggles and
noise-cancelling headphones provide entertainment from a patient's own
DVDs, CDs or iPod, or from television, reducing the need for sedation
- Open Bore and Wide Open MRI - Our open bore MRI
(larger opening) and wide open MRI (open at both ends) help reduce a
child's anxiety. When it is medically appropriate to use these MRI
machines, the open MRI allows parents to hold a child's hand during the
scan. Available with wide open MRI scans, ambient experience
functionality allows children to have some control over the experience
by choosing different lighting and sound elements.
Preparing for your child's MRI
Getting an MRI doesn’t have to be scary. Here's what your child can expect when they come to Beaumont for an MRI:
Selecting an imaging center
Should your child experience an injury and require imaging, this
summer or anytime, David Bloom, M.D, pediatric radiologist at Beaumont
Children’s, offers several tips for selecting an imaging center.
Beaumont has convenient locations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, where patients have access to pediatric radiology services.
From utilizing the latest equipment for quicker studies to performing
patient exams at the lowest radiation exposure possible, your child's
safety is our priority. Beaumont Children's participates in the "Image
Gently" campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric
Imaging. We also limit the region of the body being imaged with X-rays
to the smallest possible area and tailor examinations to the size of the
patient, from the smallest newborn to the largest teenager. The
Pediatric Imaging section participates in all Beaumont radiation safety