The Radiology Departments at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging advanced diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology services for children and young people.
We perform a variety of tests to help with the diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions. Different types of imaging are appropriate depending on the clinical query.
Call this line if you have a query about your child’s stay in the hospital such as date of admission.
Tests offered by the Radiology Department include:
General X-ray An examination that uses small amounts of radiation to show structures inside the body such as the bones and lungs.
Contrast studies Diagnostic tests where a contrast dye such as barium, which shows up on X-ray, is swallowed or given through a tube to help outline structures of the body on X-ray.
CT Scanning A computer system that uses X-rays to take more complex pictures of the internal structures of the body.
MRI Scanning A scan using a magnetic field rather than X-ray to take pictures of the body.
Nuclear Medicine An imaging specialty that uses radionuclides (drugs or medicines that contain small doses of radioactivity) to study the structure and functions of the body.
Fluoroscopy An imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of the body.
Ultrasound A scan that uses sound waves to take pictures of the body.
Interventional Cardiology A specialised X-ray study, performed under general anaesthetic, to find out detailed information about the blood vessels of the heart.
Protection of the Unborn Child In cases where X-rays are used to acquire an image of the abdominal area, we are legally obliged to ask any girls over the age of 14 whether there is any chance they might be pregnant. This is to protect any unborn children from receiving unnecessary exposure to X-rays. This does not apply for MRI or ultrasound examinations.