Pediatric Medical Imaging

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Non-invasive and entirely safe, ultrasound imaging is a technique that produces images of the inside of the body, so your radiologist and doctor can see what may be going on beneath the surface. While ultrasound services are most commonly used to see and hear a baby inside the womb, they can be used for many other imaging needs such as abdominal and pelvic organs, thyroid glands, testes, breasts, and blood flow.

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The ultrasound machine produces high-frequency sound waves which bounce off of structures inside the body, returning to the machine to produce an image of what is there.

The machine consists of a hand-held wand called a transducer, which transmits and receives the ultrasound waves, and a computer which processes the images in real time, as they are read by the transducer. Because the computer processes images in real time, you and your radiologist are able to see movement, if any is present.

Because an ultrasound machine produces sound waves instead of light radiation, it is a completely safe option for medical imaging, but it may not be as clear as an MRI or CAT scan. The type of imaging technique needed for your specific case will be determined by your doctor.

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Imaging services are more precise and safer than ever before, but that does not mean that medical imaging is completely safe. Adults need to minimize their exposure to radiation as much as feasibly possible, and for children, the allowable levels of exposure are much more restrictive. Our team combines decades of experience to deliver a highly specialized treatment plan that delivers quality results and diagnostics for your child while minimizing their radiation exposure.

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In many cases, you will not need to prepare before ultrasound services. However, if the ultrasound is for your abdomen or your pelvic area, then your doctor or radiologist may instruct you to abstain from food and drink up to 12 hours prior to the exam to have a clearer picture of the area in question. In addition, depending on the health issue in question, your radiologist may request that you drink a certain amount of water and avoid urination so your bladder can be full for the exam.

You should wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing to your appointment, although your radiologist may ask you to change into a hospital gown.

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All of our affordable imaging services are available for children in need. If you are here because your child needs pediatric imaging, we can provide the same level of quality care for:

  • Ultrasounds
  • Radiography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • More services


Our team of radiologists will work with you every step of the way to ensure that both you and your child receive the best possible service. We’re dedicated to providing quality imaging services to Pittsburgh families, and our pediatric imaging is tailored to be both safe and effective. We’ll have your results back to you as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more or fill out the form below!