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Our children have to undergo many different types of scans. CT or "CAT" scans are a form of X-rays. The "CT" stands for "computerized tomography". While painless, these can be difficult for the child to endure, since they have to hold very still and may be in discomfort. Descriptions of CT scans and parental tips on how to get through them are given in the CT scan ped-onc page:
MRI scans produce images of the body through exposure to a magnetic field. Even more so than CT scans, these are difficult for children. A description of MRI and parent tips are on the MRI ped-onc page:
Some types of childhood cancers will require X-rays, with which most of us are familiar. These are less expensive than CT scans, and most parents do not report their child having problems with them. The same can be said for ultrasounds, especially echocardiogram ultrasounds. Echocardiograms of the heart are common to monitor possible damage from the anthracyclones (dauno-, doxo-, and idarubicin).
Nuclear imaging refers to images produced when a radioisotope is administered and then detected in the body by a special camera. For more information, see the nuclear imaging ped-onc page:
These pages are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to render medical advice. The information provided on Ped Onc Resource Center should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you suspect your child has a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.