Diagnostic tests

Our imaging and radiology staff uses the newest, most advanced technology to provide the highest-quality diagnosis and treatment options for children.

Prepare for your visit

Having to have a diagnostic test may be stressful for you and your child. However, knowing what to expect can help put you and your child at ease.


Computed tomography (CT)

With a CT scan, an X-ray beam moves in a circle around the body. This allows for many different views of the same organ or structure. The X-ray information is sent to a computer, which interprets the data and displays it in two-dimensional form on a monitor.


Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures — similar to an X-ray “movie.” A continuous X-ray beam is passed through an area of the body and transmitted to a TV-like monitor. This allows the body structure and its motion to be seen in detail.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and body structures. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, MRI does not use radiation.

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses a very small amount of radioactive substance to examine organ function and structure. This substance, called a tracer, emits radiation that is detected by a special camera.


An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of soft body structures, such as tissues, organs and blood vessels.


X-ray is the process of creating images of the body using radiation to look at images of internal tissues, organs and bones.

Doctors use a special type of x-ray, the EOS low-dose radiation scanner, to help treat children with scoliosis (a curved spine). Now, families travel across the country for this cutting-edge care.