When It Comes To Your Child, One Size Does Not Fit All

January 5, 2011

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Would you see a cardiologist for your foot problem?

Would you see a surgeon if you had the flu?

The answer to these two questions is most likely "no". Yet, every day, we see parents willing to have their child's radiologic examinations and procedures (X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, Ultrasounds) interpreted and performed by a radiologist who is not specialized in pediatric radiology.

Pediatric radiologists are experts in:

  1. Selecting the optimal imaging procedure for your child
  2. Establishing the best techniques to keep radiation dose at a minimum (based on size and weight)
  3. Understanding diseases and conditions that are specific to children

Pediatric radiologists are also trained to understand the specific and unique needs of children, their parents, and their pediatricians. These individuals have at least one year of extra training geared toward providing a detailed knowledge of illnesses and conditions that are specific to infants, children, and adolescents.

At Texas Children's Hospital, all of our radiologists are fully trained in pediatric radiology, and all of our efforts are directed at caring for children.

So, before you take your child to any facility for an imaging examination, ask yourself if you want the best. If you do, think about taking your child to a place that is staffed by pediatric radiologists.

Children are so much smaller than adults!

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