The professionals of the Diagnostic Imaging Department at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital have extensive experience in the use of child-oriented diagnostic techniques. We are aware of the anguish that tests can cause children, so we use anaesthetic support and we adapt to the age and condition of each patient.
Protocols adapted to children and adolescents
We are concerned about safety, which is why we work with the minimum dose of radiation, always adapted to the patient's age and weight, whether infants, children or adolescents. We also try to inject the minimum dose of contrast or radiation possible and as well as the right amount of anaesthesia (where it is required) to suit the duration of the test.
Radiation measurement systems
We are pioneers in the use of DoseWatch monitoring software, which measures the radiation volume of the CT scan. This measurement is adapted to the European directive 2013/59 EURATOM for protection from risks derived from exposure to ionising radiation, which must be complied with in the European Union from 2018 onwards.
Paediatric patient-oriented professionals
A highly-specialised team trained in leading hospitals works to make our patients feel comfortable during the diagnostic tests. The environment, machines and procedures are designed to minimise discomfort for children. The preparation of the tests and the prior information minimise the fear that children experience and are also useful for the family.
Immobilisation combined with entertainment
The use of immobilisation devices is useful to reduce the dose of anaesthesia required. In magnetic resonance imaging, the use of special glasses in which videos can be viewed has led to an 18% fall in sedation. In the ultrasound rooms, the screens installed in the ceiling have also reduced the duration of the diagnostic tests and help relax the children.
We also use anaesthetic support as an element of immobilisation depending on the patient and the study to be performed. To enhance patient comfort, a family member can accompany them during the test.
Technology to improve diagnosis
We use elastography, an ultrasound technique that gives us information about the rigidity of tissues and helps increase the accuracy of the diagnosis. Likewise, we are the only paediatric hospital in Catalonia that exclusively uses 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanners only on paediatric patients. This technology allows us to generate images of greater resolution, which helps to reduce the duration of the test and to identify diseases more accurately.