Sedation volume

Why we measure it - Sometimes it's hard for kids to keep still during an imaging test. If your child requires sedation, our pediatric anesthesiologists and radiologists are specially trained to use different types of sedation to help your child relax or sleep during a scan. This helps them get through the test safely, quickly and as comfortably as possible.


What this means - Our pediatric anesthesiologists and sedation-trained radiologists perform a large number of sedations at our Milwaukee and New Berlin locations.

About the data - These data show annual volumes from 2010 through 2013. The volume decrease in 2013 was due to the hospital-wide conversion to the EPIC medical record system at the end of 2012.

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How we provide the best care

  • Our experienced technologists are comfortable working with children. They will educate you and your child about what to expect during an imaging scan. They use special techniques to help position your child to get the best image.
  • Our Child Life specialists help calm and relax your child before, during and after a scan. They provide many distraction and relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, music, movies, and video games, to help your child cope during a test.

Sedation options

  • Sometimes children need a sedative to keep them comfortable during a scan. A sedative is a special type of medicine that helps them relax. Sedating children is a very delicate process and requires the expertise of pediatric doctors and nurses with extra training in pediatric anesthesiology and sedation.
  • If your child needs sedation, one of our 35 board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists will do the sedations at our Milwaukee hospital. Sedations at our New Berlin clinic are performed and monitored by our pediatric radiologists and highly skilled nursing team. Team members have advanced training in safe sedation practices.
  • The types of sedation used are based on the unique needs of each child.
    • Procedural sedation involves giving smaller doses of sedative medicine by mouth or through an IV. This level of sedation leaves the child in a relaxed state. Your child will be sleepy but still awake enough to respond to questions from the doctor.
    • A deeper level of sedation called general anesthesia involves giving stronger doses of medicine. This puts the child to sleep during the entire procedure.


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