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Pediatric Computed Tomography Solutions

Expanding precision medicine with consistent, reliable CT results for children

Children need CT imaging that is designed with them in mind. Young patients are more sensitive to radiation, have higher heart rates, and may be unable to remain still for a scan. Children – and their parents – may also find the scanning process stressful or intimidating.

Our Dual Source CT scanners provide excellent image quality for virtually all patients despite the unique challenges that come with imaging pediatric patients. Designed to simplify workflow with faster scan times and lower radiation dose, our scanners help reduce the stress associated with imaging for both children and their parents. 

With the recent introduction of photon-counting CT, we’ve combined the strengths of Dual Source CT with new technology that enables lower radiation dose by eliminating electronic noise, higher spatial resolution due to smaller detector pixels, improved image contrast due to equal energy contribution, and inherent spectral sensitivity. The NAEOTOM Alpha – the world’s first photon-counting CT – helps you address the challenges associated with pediatric imaging.

Dual Source CT offers fast imaging for higher heart and respiratory rates in pediatric patients

Imaging pediatric patients presents numerous challenges: rapid heart rates, faster breathing, and the inability to follow breathing instructions or remain still. Artifacts from breathing or motion can severely reduce image quality, thus often necessitating the use of sedation.

With Dual Source technology and Turbo Flash scanning, you can:

  • Minimize motion and breathing artifacts
  • Minimize exposure time
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for sedation

Additionally, the fast temporal resolution of Dual Source technology helps improve image quality when scanning fast-moving structures such as the heart, addressing the unique needs of your pediatric patients. 

Dual Source CT may save time by reducing or eliminating the need for sedation

The use of sedation for pediatrics requires additional time and personnel. Patient preparation involving sedation can be time consuming, stressful for staff and parents, and even harmful for patients.

Additional staff members are required when a patient is sedated, and proper technique requires additional time for set-up and patient recovery, impacting your patient throughput.

The volumetric acquisition speed of Dual Source CT technology from Siemens Healthineers helps reduce or eliminate sedation, making the overall scan experience faster and simpler – without compromising on image quality. Reducing the need for sedation can also improve the patient experience by eliminating a source of stress for both the child and parent.

"DSCT predominates ​in the field of pediatrics"

Ed Nicol, MD
Consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital1

Dual Source CT offers dose reduction technologies designed to keep pediatric patients safe

Children are more sensitive to radiation than adults, and the impact of that radiation to their still-growing organs lasts their lifetime. Pediatric patients are not just treated like small adults – personalization for your patients’ body size is critical.

Our dose reduction technologies align with the guidelines from the Image Gently® Alliance: child-size the kV and mA, scan only the indicated area, and avoid unnecessary scans and multiple phases.

Dose reduction technologies designed to keep your patients safe include:

  • CARE Child offers the industry’s first 70 kV scan mode and dedicated default pediatric scan protocols for automated adaption of radiation dose to the size and shape of the youngest patients
  • FAST Planning for automatic organ-based setting of scan and recon ranges
  • Adaptive Dose Shield eliminates over-radiation pre- and post-spiral and therefore clinically irrelevant dose
  • X-CARE selectively limits the radiation exposure of sensitive organs (e.g. the eyes)
  • Tin filter technology filters out unnecessary photons for powerful low-dose scanning

Dual Source CT workflow solutions free up time to focus on your patients

Small children are often fidgety and may be unable to comply with instructions during patient preparation and scanning.

You need to be able to operate quickly to get the images required without sacrificing quality.

Our workflow solutions are designed to free up more of your time to focus on the patient, and our fast scan times mean you can get high image quality even when a patient is fidgeting on the table. 

Dual Source CT offers a child-friendly atmosphere to put children and parents at ease

The idea of getting radiation can be stressful for pediatric patients and their parents. Adding sedation can amplify that stress.

Our CTs are designed to help improve the patient experience by reducing or eliminating the need for sedation, without compromising on image quality.

Soothe your young patients and give them a sense of control by allowing them to choose their favorite color for mood lighting in the bore.

You can even transform your CT scanner into a creative, child-friendly experience with customized skins or lighting from various third-party vendors. 

Dual Source CT offers dedicated protocols for pediatric patients

Doctor and patient

Children cannot be treated just as small adults. Children’s bodies require dedicated and specific protocols to ensure that they are being imaged safely.

The dose modulation protocols for pediatrics on our CT scanners are designed to help you improve pediatric imaging with a range of targeted solutions to minimize radiation exposure and maintain diagnostic image quality.

CARE Child includes:

  • Low kV scanning
  • Optimized dose distribution and special modulation curves through CARE Dose4D™
  • Dedicated pediatric protocols to cover a wide variety of clinical indications

These combined applications all help ensure that you are delivering excellent image quality at the right dose – especially your smallest patients. 

Photon-counting CT offers all the benefits of Dual Source CT – and more


NAEOTOM Alpha offers high-resolution images at minimal dose, spectral information in every scan, and improved contrast at lower noise to address the challenges of pediatric imaging. 

Benefit from a range of clinical options and breakthrough consistency for confident clinical decision-making and the fast, low-dose scanning you need for your smallest patients. 

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