At Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) we have a dedicated separate Pediatric Center where children receive conventional X-ray services. The technologists are comfortable and experienced in interacting and positioning children for their X-ray examinations. Toys, stickers and coloring books are used to distract the child, and our staff provide a souvenir for them to take home with them after their hospital visit.
Customized shielding, pediatric gowns and customized positioning devices when needed are used for infants and children of all ages and sizes. Pediatric parameters are always applied with regard to ionizing radiation from an X-ray or CT examination. The technologists follow ALARA (As Low (a dose) As Reasonably Achievable) in determining dose parameters.