Imaging for Children
Although it is painless, any type of radiology can be scary for children. Through Deaconess' partnership with Riley Hospital for Children IU Health, children receive special attention, making the procedure comfortable and easy for each child.
When You Arrive
Our imaging for children takes place at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. When you arrive at the hospital the morning of the procedure, you’ll first need to stop at the information desk to register. The information desk is located near the main entrance of Gateway Hospital. This is the entrance with the white awning that faces Epworth Road, and it is the closest one to the information desk.
Child Life Services
Deaconess Riley Hospital for Children has a Child Life Assistant available to help meet the special emotional or developmental needs of your child. Please notify us if your child has any of these special needs. Child Life Services will do everything possible to ensure a positive experience for you and your child. To learn more visit the Child Life Services page. Questions about Child Life Services? Please call 812-842-3834.
Imaging for children is a special skill. As medical imaging capabilities continue to improve, we remain committed to using these powerful technologies safely and reducing patients’ exposure to radiation, especially for children. We know that not all children and adults should be x-rayed the same, so Deaconess Radiology has signed the national pledge to Image Gently.
The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging – the Image Gently Alliance®, is a coalition of health care organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging nationwide. The primary objective is to raise awareness in the imaging community of the need to adjust radiation dose when imaging children.
What is the commitment to Image Gently®? Recognizing that every member of the healthcare team plays a vital role in caring for the patient and wants to provide the best care. Learn more about Image Gently.
We pledge to:
Make the image gently message a priority in staff communications
Review the protocol recommendations and, where necessary, implement adjustments to our processes
Respect and listen to suggestions from every member of the imaging team on ways to ensure changes are made
Communicate openly with parents