If your child has stomach pain, suffered a recent injury or illness, or has a mass that requires further examination, your doctor may suggest a CT scan. CT scans create up-close digital images of organs, soft tissues, bones and blood vessels.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is noninvasive procedure, meaning the skin will not be cut or entered. An MRI gets a detailed look at your child’s organs, soft tissues, bone or other internal body structures. Your child’s provider may order an MRI to help diagnose a variety of conditions within the brain, chest, stomach, pelvis, arms and legs.
X-rays are a safe and painless procedure thatuse invisible energy to make images of the bones and surrounding soft tissues. X-rays are done for many reasons, including diagnosing infections or bone injuries.
Ultrasounds send sound waves through the skin and body to the organs and structures within. The sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and the reflected waves are changed into a picture of the organs.