Pediatric Radiology

Akron Children's Radiology department offers children and young adults a range of imaging procedures, from standard X-rays to advanced imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET/CT). Read More...



Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • Akron Children's handled more than 95,000 radiology procedures in 2010.
     
  • Akron Children's Radiology department strongly supports the national Image Gently campaign to reduce radiation exposure in children. 
     
  • Akron Children's Radiology department has specialized pediatric protocols that limit the amount of exposure children receive.
     
  • Akron Children's Hospital is accredited in computed tomography (CT) by the American College of Radiology.
     
  • Radiation exposure is natural and around us all the time in the air, ground and water. It comes from rocks and soil in the earth and passes through the atmosphere from space.
     
  • Standing on top of a high mountain or flying in an airplane increases exposure to background radiation.

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Overview

Radiology - Overview

Sometimes doctors need more than a medical history and physical exam to make an accurate diagnosis. A doctor may refer your child or teenager for specific radiology procedures to aid in the diagnosis of an illness or injury.

Our staff includes:

  • Radiologists who have special qualification in pediatric radiology
  • Pediatric radiology nurses who are skilled in venipuncture, bladder catheterization and procedural sedation
  • Radiography technologists who are on call around-the-clock
  • Child life specialist who uses her knowledge and experience to prepare patients for procedures they will face

The department also serves as a teaching center for medical residents and fellows.

Because of our commitment to family-centered care, we encourage and support the parents’ participation in radiological procedures. However, the size of our rooms limits us to allowing only one parent into the room. (Expectant mothers are not permitted to accompany the child into the exam room.)

You may be present during most or all of the procedure, and you may alternate time spent in the room between mother and father.

We will do everything possible to ensure that your child has the comfort of knowing you are near.

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What To Expect

What is medical radiation?

  • X-rays are beams of energy that pass through the body to create images of bones and organs.
  • X-ray imaging helps doctors see injuries and diseases inside a patient’s body (broken bones, brain tumors, blocked arteries).
  • X-rays may be the only way for doctors to find out what is causing a medical problem.
  • X-ray imaging can help find diseases and injuries faster and with less pain than other methods.

What are the risks?

There is no conclusive evidence that radiation from diagnostic imaging causes cancer.

However, some studies of large populations exposed to radiation have demonstrated slight increases in cancer risk even at low levels of radiation exposure, particularly in children

Average Radiation Dose

Our radiology team has completed studies to estimate the average amount of radiation children 0 to 18 years of age receive during specific X-ray exams. Radiation exposure to the whole body is expressed as effective dose. It is measured in millisieverts (mSv). 

The following is the range of average effective dose (mSvA) received for these exams performed at Akron Children’s Hospital: 

  • Upper GI: 0.6 to 0.8 mSvA series of X-rays of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract — includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first section of the small intestine)
  • Upper GI with small bowel: 2.7 to 4.1 mSvA series of X-rays of the upper GI tract plus the small bowel (the entire small intestine)
  • Voiding Cysto-Urethrogram (VCUG): 0.5 to 0.7 mSvA series of X-rays of the bladder and urinary system
  • Swallowing function: 0.6 to 1.1 mSvA series of X-rays to evaluate a child’s ability to swallow food — includes the pharynx (back of mouth and throat) and the esophagus (tube extending from below the tongue to the stomach)

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330-543-8300 (Akron) or
330-746-9300 (Mahoning Valley)

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Akron Children's Hospital
Pediatric Radiology Department
214 W. Bowery St.
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8300
Fax: 330-543-3981
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Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley
Building B
Beeghly Campus
6505 Market St.
Boardman , OH 44512
Phone: 330-746-9300 press #1 to schedule
Fax: 330-746-9301
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Children's at Hudson
5655 Hudson Drive
Hudson , OH 44236
Phone: 330-342-5437
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