Department of Radiology | Diagnostic Radiology

Within Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Radiology, our Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology offers standard radiography (conventional X-rays) and fluoroscopy, an imaging technique that uses X-rays to create real-time images of the body. We use these common imaging techniques to help your child's doctor evaluate illnesses or injuries of nearly every part of the body. We perform more than 135,000 exams each year in Boston and at our satellite locations, which makes us one of the country's largest general diagnostic centers for children.

Why Choose Us?

  • Individualized Care and Specialty Expertise:We use customized exam protocols for each patient based on age, size, symptoms, and disease process. Board-certified pediatric radiologists and neuroradiologists with subspecialty expertise in the disease or organ system being evaluated will review and interpret your child’s images.
  • Safety: Children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Together with our expert physicists, our physicians have acted as leaders in adjusting equipment and procedures to deliver the lowest possible dose to young patients. We helped develop Image Gently guidelines so hospitals across the country can minimize children's exposure to radiation during medical procedures. Read more about our commitment to safety.
  • Environment:Our imaginative décor and experienced team of pediatric radiologists, nurses, technologists and child life specialists makes your child's visit as safe, pleasant and comfortable as possible. Age-appropriate distraction techniques are used to help ease anxiety.

Your Visit

If your child has been referred to us for a Diagnostic Radiology study, you will want to know what to expect when you come to the hospital for your appointment. Use the links below for specific information on some of the procedures we perform: