Specialty: Paediatric Imaging

Modalities: Plain Film X-ray

Paediatric imaging specialises in the imaging of children and young people – from fetuses to adolescents, paediatric radiologists focus on resolving the particular challenges of scanning and diagnosing children. Some of these are environmental – making children and young people comfortable and calm, to help them keep still whilst the scan is undertaken – and others more technical, such as altering the amount of medical radiation used for various age ranges.

Paediatric imaging must focus on the particular biological differences between adults and children – rapid growth rates, varying organ sizes, and other crucial factors.

Most of the equipment used in paediatric imaging, meanwhile, is very similar to that used in adult imaging – meaning our paediatric patients are able to enjoy the full benefit of some of our cutting edge technology. In addition, the proper deployment of specially adapted positioning equipment, and use of environmental tools to create a soothing mood, tailor the equipment to the particular needs of younger patients.

For more information, please visit the British Society of Paediatric Radiology