Pediatric Imaging

When diagnostic imaging becomes necessary for your child's well-being, you want a facility that prioritizes both accurate results and a comfortable experience. At Tellica Imaging, we understand that a child's health is a top priority for every parent and guardian. Tellica Imaging is dedicated to providing a safe and compassionate environment for all our young patients

Our pediatric imaging services include both CT scans as well as MRIs for our young patients. CT scans can be helpful for evaluating bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels in children, while MRIs can be valuable for examining the brain, spine, and other internal structures.

Tellica Imaging uses only fellowship trained pediatric radiologists for children 10-14 years of age who are specialized in their medical domain. This protects the health and safety of all patients, especially our smallest and most precious ones. 

Our Approach to Pediatric Imaging

Pediatric imaging focuses on obtaining diagnostic images of a child's body using specialized techniques and equipment. At Tellica Imaging, this differs from adult imaging in several ways.

Dedicated Imaging Protocols

Imaging procedures for children require specific protocols that account for their smaller body size, developing physiology, and limited attention span. Our experienced technologists use specialized techniques to obtain high-quality images while minimizing discomfort and the need for repeat examinations.

Specialized Training

Our radiologists and technologists have specialized training in pediatric imaging on not only the technical aspects of imaging but also the unique developmental stages of children and the importance of creating a calming and age-appropriate environment.

Image Interpretation Expertise

Accurately interpreting pediatric imaging scans requires a deep understanding of the intricate and dynamic nature of a child's anatomy. Our radiologists possess this specialized knowledge and expertise, allowing them to provide precise evaluations of your child's condition.

Radiation Safety

The increased sensitivity of growing organs to radiation exposure is a paramount concern in pediatric imaging. Tellica Imaging is committed to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle. We use advanced technology and techniques to minimize radiation doses while maintaining the necessary image quality for accurate diagnosis for children. 

Build Trust & Cooperation

One of the most significant challenges in pediatric imaging is gaining a child's trust and cooperation. This is especially important for obtaining quality images and preventing the need for repeat examinations, which can further increase radiation exposure. Our staff uses age-appropriate explanations of procedures and a gentle and compassionate approach throughout the imaging process.

When to Consider Pediatric Imaging

Imaging plays a valuable role in diagnosing and managing a wide range of childhood conditions. Some common examples of situations where a provider might recommend pediatric imaging include:

  • Bone fractures or injuries: CT scans can help assess injuries sustained during falls or accidents.
  • Abdominal pain or digestive problems: CT scans can help identify the cause of abdominal pain, such as appendicitis or intestinal blockage.
  • Headaches or dizziness: CT scans or MRIs may be necessary to investigate causes of headaches or dizziness, especially if accompanied by other neurological symptoms.
  • Suspected infections: Imaging tests can be used to identify infections in various parts of the body, such as appendicitis or pneumonia.
  • Tumors or masses: Early detection of tumors or masses is crucial, and imaging tests play a vital role in identifying their location and size.

It's important to follow your provider's recommendations for diagnostic tests. While imaging offers a valuable tool for diagnosis, your child’s healthcare provider will weigh the potential benefits against any potential risks based on each child's individual situation.

Schedule Your Child’s Imaging Appointment at Tellica Imaging

At Tellica Imaging, we understand that a child's imaging needs can arise unexpectedly. We offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate your busy family life.

Visit us at any of our convenient locations and our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, call us to schedule an imaging test at any of our locations.

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