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Diagnosis & Treatment

Imaging procedures can rule out diseases, diagnose conditions and help your child’s doctor make the most effective treatment decisions. Your child’s doctor and the pediatric radiologists can determine which method or combination of methods will be most appropriate and effective in diagnosing your child's problem. We perform imaging for pre-surgical planning as well as image-guided biopsies and other procedures. The imaging services available at BBCH include:

  • X-ray — Takes images of bones, lungs and some other organs
  • Computerized tomography (CT) — Uses x-rays from different directions to create 2-D and 3-D images of internal organs such as lungs, liver and kidneys
  • Fluoroscopy — Uses short pulses of radiation to produce a moving picture of a body system such as the gastrointestinal or urinary tract
  • Ultrasound — Uses sound waves to create images of internal organs
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — Uses magnetic and radio waves to produce clear pictures of soft tissue such as the brain and other organs
  • Nuclear medicine — Uses radioactive isotopes to see how an organ is functioning or determine the extent of a tumor
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging — A type of nuclear medicine examination that enables evaluation of the metabolic activity of various organs and tumors

The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital is a department of Maine Medical Center