What is Pediatric Radiology?
Pediatric radiology involves imaging from fetuses to young adults. Although some diseases seen in pediatrics are the same as that in adults, there are many conditions that are different from the adults. The specialty also has to take into account the dynamics of a growing body, from pre-term infants to large adolescents, where the organs follow particular growth patterns and phases.
What do we examine?
We examine the brain inside the skull through the fontanelle while it is still open. We observe the dilatation and location of the cerebral ventricles and look for possible injury, bleeding and any consequences of a lack of oxygen on its structure. We also look for developmental deficiencies or variations such as agenesis of the corpus callosum (the complete or partial absence of the corpus callosum).
- Newborn: skull, abdomen, early hip screening up to 6 weeks
- Infant: skull, abdomen, hip between 6 weeks and 12 months
- Toddler : abdomen, wrist, thyroid between 1 and 6 years
- School age: abdomen, knee joint, genitals between 6 and 14 years
- Teenager: chest, abdomen, genitals between 14 and 18 years
Most of the above examinations are ultrasound. These are not painful, have no harmful effects, are carried out easily and may be repeated. We look for developmental abnormalities such as tumorous disorders typical to children as well as acute or chronic disorders that would impede a child’s development. We grouped examinations according to the children’s age group.
We have pediatricians, pediatric ultrasound specialists and x-ray technicians ready to serve you. We have covered screening examinations so far, now we will cover clinical, laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray examinations concerning disorders. These examinations are no longer for screening but concern actual disorders and existing problems.
For more information regarding our existing screening examination packages and disorders, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Through the ultrasound of the abdomen we can look for developmental disorders of the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the intestines and the genitals. Most of the disorders are found in the kidneys since it is the kidneys that wander the longest in the womb before settling down into their space.
A wrist ultrasound allows us to determine the age of the bone, bone maturation and whether the maturation process was disturbed. This can be repeated at any time without any harmful effects or pain.
When examining the hip, we check for weaknesses and dislocation. It is very important that the hip joints be normal for correct posture and proper gait. Not to mention their effect on the spine’s development in later years.
Determining the thyroid’s size and structure is essential for the information it provides regarding possible disorders of the hormone producing thyroid. There are families and country sides where these disorders are found in great numbers due to the lack of iodine.
It is important, in this day and age, especially in the case of boys, that developmental disorders of the genitals be discovered early to ensure potency in later years. The same is important in the case of girls with the addition of breast examination.
Ultrasound of the knee joints might also be important. Here we look for the often painful “naughty knee” syndrome so typical of the preteens.
Other examinations may be requested by the child’s pediatrician or parent in which case, we would consult with our own pediatrician regarding its necessity.
Why the Buda Health Center?
Screening examinations for children are part of our basic program. We find this to be essential since it is important that a disorder be discovered and treated as soon as possible while still in the asymptomatic stage.
It is important that developmental disorders and variations that could sooner or later lead to function modification, disease and the ruination of an organ be identified in children. The other very important factor is the child’s uninterrupted development. Should development stop or not progress as expected, the reason must be found. This might be developmental disorders of organs discussed above, their acute or chronic diseases or some type of enzymopathy (the lack of or altered enzymes).
A parent cannot always perceive subtle symptoms making it necessary to turn to a professional at a certain age. The third item of importance: the early discovery of benign or malignant tumors for which our screening examination packages for different age groups are of special importance.