An Environment for Children’s Care

5 min
Nils Lindstrand
Published on February 7, 2018

An entertaining cartoon is projected onto the SOMATOM Force. Distraction from the images helps the little patients stay calm. Together with the latest in scanning technology, this helps to get good images in pediatric cases.

In Sweden the pediatric care is pioneering for pediatric imaging and modern scanning technologies used for children.
The Astrid Lindgren’s Children Hospital, established in 1998 through the merger of three existing children’s hospitals in the Stockholm area, provides care for the most severely ill children from all over Sweden.

Pediatric care includes not only good results but also a good environment for children and their parents during the diagnosis.
Lena Gordon-Murkes, MD (middle) discussing a cardiac case with her colleagues Patrik Nowik (medical physicist) and Marika Lidegran, MD (pediatric and cardiac radiologist).


Modern scanning technologies lower the dose of radiation and speed up the pediatric imaging process.

An MIP image shows the right coronary artery (RCA) of a 2-month-old baby with a heart rate of 133 bpm. Images were acquired with 1.16 mGy at 70 kV using CARE Child technology.

Modern scanning technologies lower the dose of radiation and speed up the pediatric imaging process.
A MinIP image shows a foreign body in the proximal left main bronchus of an 18-month-old baby. A 25 cm scan range was acquired in 0.3 s with 0.02 mGy at Sn100 kV, using Turbo Flash mode and Tin Filter technology.

Good pediatric care with its pediatric imaging and the modern scanning technology changes the pediatric field.
Lena Gordon-Murkes, MD, is convinced of the advantages of the SOMATOM Force in the pediatric field.

By Nils Lindstrand
Nils Lindstrand has been working as a science and health writer and news journalist for more than 30 years. He is based in Stockholm.