CT Scan (Computed Tomography) for Children
The area’s best, safest, most experienced facility for your child's CT scan
At Hurley, safety is our #1 priority, especially for CT (Computed Tomography) cans. We have been imaging children for decades, due to the thousands of patients we see each year in our Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. That’s why at Hurley, we demand higher standards of safet –because our children deserve nothing less.
What is a CAT scan?
A Computed Tomography scan (also called CT or CAT scan) combines a series of X-rays taken from many different angles of the bones and soft tissues inside your child’s body. It gives your child’s doctor much more information than a single X-ray because it provides detailed images of many parts of the body, including bones, muscles, fat and organs, and can be performed on the head, neck, pelvis, abdomen, spine and extremities. As the home of Genesee County’s first 64-slice CT scanner, Hurley Medical Center provides superior service and state-of-the-art technology. Our radiologists will provide complete written report to your child's physician, who will then review the results with you and and your child.
About the CT scan procedure
For many CT procedures, your child should not eat or drink for several hours prior to the test. During the CT scan, your child will lie on a table that moves into the middle of a doughnut-shaped machine. As your child lies still inside the “doughnut hole,” the x-ray tube moves around inside the machine. The procedure usually takes 5 to 20 minutes. For some procedures, your child may be asked to drink a contrast material or receive an x-ray dye injection. Once the pictures have been reviewed, the procedure is complete.
Our CT scanners automatically adjust to a child's size
To make sure a CT scan is safe for children, Hurley participates in the “Image Gently” campaign sponsored by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging:
- Our CT scanners have built-in pediatric protocols so that the radiation dose is automatically reduced for a child.
- We shield children’s bodies with lead coverings whenever possible so they do not absorb unneeded radiation.
- We require all of our technologists to be registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists with special training in CT, Radiation Protection, and Dose Reduction for Children.