Radiology - Patient Care and Treatment

Radiology - Patient Care and Treatment

The Pediatric Radiology team at Penn State Children’s Hospital uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. 

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Advanced imaging services

At Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Radiology, our experienced and caring radiologists use the following technology to diagnose and treat many health problems:

  • X-ray - uses electromagnetic radiation to take images of inside the body. Most often used to identify broken bones. 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET scans) - uses a small camera and radioactive tracers to see tissues, organs and body functions.
  • Computed tomography (CT scans) - takes many 3-D X-rays from different angles to see organs, tissues, blood vessels and bones.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
  • Cardiac MRI - takes still and moving images of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Fetal MRI - takes detailed images of a fetus, including the brain and spine.
  • Gastrointestinal MRI - takes images of the stomach and intestines. Can be used to diagnose acute appendicitis.
  • MRI enterography - takes detailed images of the small intestine. Used to diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Neuroradiology - takes detailed images of the brain and spine.
  • Nuclear medicine - uses radioactive substances to test for and treat conditions.