Children aren’t small adults.
Their organs aren’t just smaller—they’re still developing.
Their heart and respiratory rates aren’t just different—they’re faster.
This means that adapting a medical imaging system to a child’s needs may not be enough. To truly capture high-quality clinical images and deliver a positive patient experience, you need a portfolio of systems and technologies created to meet the challenges of pediatric medical imaging.
Fast heartbeats and respiratory rates require faster imaging. This can be done by leveraging technologies like fast temporal resolution on dual source CT scanners or with faster ultrasound frame rates.
Developing organs need protection from excessive dose. The unique demands of pediatric imaging require an approach that can support high-quality imaging at the lowest possible patient exposure. Technologies on our SPECT/CT and PET/CT solutions or image-guided therapy solutions can help you reduce unnecessary patient exposure to radiation.
Smaller patient size
Smaller sizes require different tools and protocols. Pediatric patients can range from neonates to teenagers, and your imaging needs to be able to account for this wide range of sizes while still supporting high image quality. Specialized ultrasound transducers or small, high-density MR coils that are optimized to ensure high-quality pediatric imaging can be essential to imaging pediatric patients.
Young patients have a hard time keeping still. Solutions like patient positioning cameras on radiography systems, for example, can help technologists keep an eye on pediatric patients while capturing accurate imaging. In addition, trendsetting MR applications enable fast, motion-robust scanning and support free-breathing exams helping to overcome patient motion.
Anxious children (and parents) benefit from child-friendly experiences. Anything you can do to help shorten imaging exams for a child can help ease their anxiety and support a better experience for their family. Mood lighting, for example, can help you create a warm and welcoming environment in the exam room, making children feel more comfortable.
Longer exam times
Staff often need added time to prep children for exams. Solutions that help streamline pediatric exams (while ensuring high-quality images) can support better exam experiences. Dual source CT systems, for example, can provide super fast scanning while productivity packages can help you streamline workflow so your staff can remain focused on what’s most important—your patients.