Texas Children’s Hospital Opens State-of-the-Art Radiology Floor, Home to the First Imaging Equipment of its Kind in the Texas Medical Center


Texas Children’s Edward B. Singleton Department of Radiology staff gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the hospital’s new state-of-the-art radiology floor.

HOUSTON (Dec. 3, 2021) – Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the opening of its new West Tower radiology floor, home to state-of-the-art technology, including the first and only imaging equipment of its kind in the Texas Medical Center.

The Texas Children’s Edward B. Singleton Department of Radiology unites world-class expertise and best-in-class radiology equipment to provide comprehensive, accurate and safe imaging designed specifically for children.

“Precision, cutting-edge radiological imaging is the foundation of accurate and timely diagnoses and image-guided treatments for many patients,” said Thierry A. Huisman, M.D., Radiologist-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. “In this new space, and in collaboration with specialized patient care teams at Texas Children’s, our radiologists are uniquely poised to provide the most advanced and detailed pediatric imaging in the nation.”

The new floor is home to notable technologies including a Magnetic Resonance Guided, High Intensity, Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU), the only one of its kind at both Texas Children’s Hospital and in The Texas Medical Center. This new MR-HIFU technology provides minimally invasive treatment options for brain lesions without the need to surgically open the skull. In addition, it has been established as a powerful tool to reduce and even eliminate tremors in pediatric and adult patients. Additional image-guided precision interventional treatment options are offered in the ultra-modern interventional radiology suites, located next to multiple ultrasound rooms including the revolutionary Miyabi suite, which utilizes a full-size CT scanner that moves on tracks between two angiography units.

A Spectral CT scanner also will be housed on the new floor, offering much less invasive and superior molecular imaging, with significantly reduced radiation exposure to the patient. Each room in the new space features multiple large-screen monitors, making it easier for the radiologist and treating physician to communicate and view results in real time.

As a result of the expansion, the number of post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) beds available at Texas Children’s has increased from six to 16, nearly tripling the amount of patients the radiology team can treat and monitor at one time. The Radiology department’s former space on the first floor of West Tower will be used to expand the hospital’s Emergency Center in the future.

With one of the nation’s most active pediatric radiology programs, Texas Children’s possesses the depth and breadth of experience to provide the highest quality subspecialty diagnostics and treatments for pediatric patients at numerous locations throughout the Houston area. The department offers unparalleled resources, along with a full array of diagnostic and image-guided interventional services, to care for newborns, infants, children, teenagers, young adults and pregnant women at Texas Children's Hospital.

Texas Children’s new radiology floor showcases vibrant artwork on the walls and ceiling to further enhance the patient experience.

To learn more about Texas Children’s Department of Radiology, please visit www.texaschildrens.org/radiology. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital, visit www.texaschildrens.org

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for Pediatric Research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.