Pediatric Diagnostic Radiology & Radiation Oncology

The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital collaborates with the LifeBridge Health Department of Radiology to offer a wide range of imaging tests and treatments specifically for children. Our providers, which include pediatric radiologists, technicians, nurses and child-life specialists, all offer years of training, education and experience in meeting the unique medical needs of our littlest patients.

No matter your child’s imaging needs, we strive to create an experience that is relaxed and pain-free. We provide state-of-the-art medical care in a setting specially designed to be bright, cheerful and comfortable for our patients and their families. And our health professionals always take a family-centered approach to care, working with parents and primary care physicians to meet your child’s medical needs.

Learn more about common pediatric radiology procedures.

Children’s computed topography (CT) is a fast, painless scan that produces detailed, cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. In children, CT is typically used to search for causes of abdominal pain, evaluate traumatic injuries, and diagnose and monitor cancer and infectious or inflammatory disorders. CT may also be performed to evaluate the blood vessels or chest.

Children’s nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities. These imaging procedures are noninvasive and, with the exception of intravenous injections, usually painless. Nuclear medicine scans are typically used to diagnose and evaluate:

  • urinary blockage or backflow in the kidney
  • bone cancer, infections and trauma
  • gastrointestinal bleeding and motility
  • tumors and the spread of cancerous cells
  • jaundice
  • epilepsy
  • thyroid gland conditions

Children’s abdominal ultrasound is a safe and painless ultrasound that produces pictures of the internal organs and blood vessels within a child's abdomen. Ultrasound imaging can:

  • help a physician determine the source of abdominal pain, such as gallstones, kidney stones, abscesses or an inflamed appendix
  • guide procedures such as biopsies or catheter insertion
  • help identify the presence and cause of an apparent enlarged abdominal organ
  • identify the location of abnormal fluid in the abdomen
  • help identify causes of vomiting in young infants

Children’s voiding cystourethrogram is an X-ray of a child's bladder and lower urinary tract to assess anatomy and function. A voiding cystourethrogram detects abnormalities in the flow of urine through the lower urinary tract and is often recommended after a urinary tract infection to check for a condition known as vesicoureteral (VU) reflux.

Foreign body retrieval involves the location and removal of potentially dangerous objects or substances in the body that have been introduced from the outside. They can be inhaled into the airway or swallowed and enter the esophagus and stomach either accidentally or intentionally, or introduced into the soft tissues. Commonly swallowed objects include coins, magnets, buttons, pins, nails, glass pieces, toothpicks, batteries, small toys or pieces of toys. This process is performed by our expert interventional radiologists, who strive to provide family-centric care for all pediatric patients. 

Therapeutic enema for intussusception is used to help identify and diagnose a serious disorder in which one part of the intestine slides into another and causes inflammation and obstruction. Intussusception most commonly occurs in children three to 24 months of age. A therapeutic enema using air or a contrast material solution may be performed to create pressure within the intestine and “un-telescope” the intussusception while relieving the obstruction. This exam is usually performed on an emergency basis.

Daniel Durand, M.D.Specialty Head

Daniel J. Durand, M.D., is chairman of radiology and division head of pediatric radiology for LifeBridge Health.

Dr. Durand received his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed separate fellowships in musculoskeletal and molecular imaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has also written more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers, abstracts, editorials and book chapters for publications that include the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.