Body CT for Pediatrics


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Abdominal Pelvic & Liver

0 – 18 Years

Oral contrast sent to ward from inpatient pharmacy. For outpatients contrast is given on arrival in the Radiology Department.

Chest/Extremities Biopsy

0 – 18 Years Oral contrast may or may not be needed. 

Abscess Drainage

0 – 18 Years Sedation and preparation of sedation is the responsibility of the hospital sedation teamMonday thru Friday, 7:30am – 5:00pm. Other arrangements need to be made by the referring clinical service during evenings and weekends.

NOTE: Peripheral IV, Broviac, Hickman, and Infusapot catheters are acceptable for low osmolar contrast media IV. Infusaports should be accessed before the patient arrives in the Radiology Department. Any sedation required Monday thru Friday, 7:30am – 5:00pm will be the responsibility of the hospital sedation team which is part of the Children’s Procedural Sedation Unit (CPSU). Other arrangements for sedation will need to be made by the referring service during other hours.

Iodinated Contrast Study: check allergy history If the patient is allergic and contrast needs to be given, then an oral corticosteroid and oral antihistamine premedication preparation can be given. These medications are ordered by the referring physician. This regimen suggested for children by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in their 2013 Manual for Contrast Administration, page 53 is as follows:

PrednisoneDiphenhydramine 0.5-0.7 mg/kg PO (up to 50 mg) at 13 hours, 7 hours and 1 hour prior to contrast injection1.25 mg/kg PO (up to 50 mg) 1 hour prior to contrast injection

Appropriate intravenous doses may be substituted for patients who cannot ingest PO medication