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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Radiology

The pediatric radiology program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers expertise in diagnostic imaging of neonatal, infant and childhood disorders. Imaging is performed in a family-friendly environment by caring personnel. Our goal is to provide outstanding imaging care for all our pediatric patients.

Pediatric radiologists make sure that testing is performed properly and safely, and they interpret the results of each test to make an appropriate diagnosis. They’re experts in selecting the best imaging techniques to diagnose children’s medical and surgical problems.

Those techniques include:

  • X-ray, using electromagnetic radiation that passes through the body to expose a photographic-type plate creating images of a body part
  • Computed tomography (CT), using X-rays to produce virtual slice images of the body on a computer screen
  • Fluoroscopy, using X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), using strong magnetic fields, radio waves and computer manipulation to form images of the body  
  • Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, using ultrasonic waves to image internal body structures, including tendons, muscles, joints, vessels, and internal organs, or to monitor a developing fetus

UC Davis medical students have special opportunities to learn about pediatric radiology. Radiology residents have abundant exposure to pediatric imaging throughout their residency. Pediatric radiology fellows at UCSF spend one or two months at UC Davis to supplement their education about X-ray interpretation, fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, CT, and MRI.

Key pediatric radiology faculty members, all board-certified, include Professor Sandra W. Gorges, who also serves as director of pediatric imaging and medical director of radiology at Shriner’s Hospital of Northern California. She is also the associate chair of quality and safety in the UCD Department of Radiology.  Her clinical interests center on general pediatric radiology, pediatric oncology, as well as dose-reduction strategies in CT. She is an expert in the radiographic evaluation of child abuse and has a CAQ subspecialty certificate in pediatric radiology.

Assistant Professor Chirag Patel's research interests include optimizing MRI studies for pediatric imaging, with a focus on body imaging.

Assistant Professor Thomas Sanchez’s research interests include general radiology, ultrasound-guided intussusception reduction, and dose-reduction strategies for imaging of child abuse.

Professor Rebecca Stein-Wexler, who also serves as director of the Radiology Residency Program and associate chair of Education, focuses her clinical interests on abdominal and musculoskeletal imaging as well as international outreach. She has a CAQ subspecialty certificate in pediatric radiology.