Pediatric Radiology / MRI: Preparation & Safety for Children


UCSF pediatric radiology provides specialized imaging for infants, children and pregnant women. The UCSF pediatric radiology group is comprised of recognized experts in the imaging care of children and are highly skilled in the latest state-of-the-art imaging. Located at the brand new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, we offer a unique pediatric focused environment that is safe and pleasant for patients and their families.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Our pediatric radiologists are recognized experts and full-time academic faculty members at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where they teach, provide clinical imaging services, and conduct clinical and basic science research. The pediatric radiology subspecialty is dedicated to the health of children and is an integral part of the larger Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF. We provide expert imaging care of fetuses, infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired conditions.

Pediatric Radiology Team

The team includes pediatric radiologists, pediatric technologists, pediatric nurses, pediatric anesthesiologists, child life services and therapists. The team is adept at referencing high volume pediatric cases like broken bones as well as addressing particular areas of concern among pediatrics such as concussions.

We consult on a wide variety and complexity of pediatric imaging cases on a daily basis referred to us from general practitioners and subspecialists in the UCSF medical community and surrounding region. We perform, interpret, and consult on imaging studies for inpatient and outpatients at UCSF and are engaged in the transition and expansion of our services in the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Radiology

Children require the safest and most advanced imaging techniques. At UCSF we are fortunate to pioneer many advances in pediatric imaging. Our radiologists are world-recognized experts using the latest knowledge and equipment at a best in class children's hospital.

Our pediatric imaging expertise and subspecialty training complements many facets of medical care at UCSF. Our pediatric radiologists have advanced training in multiple medical specialties, which gives them extraordinary expertise on behalf of young patients. We provide exceptional diagnostic services in x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and nuclear medicine. We perform our studies at the lowest possible radiation exposure for each child, and we make every effort to perform imaging without any radiation at all.

Collaboration with Referring Doctors

We work very closely with pediatricians and subspecialists that care for children in the greater medical community as well as with physicians who refer to UCSF. We pride ourselves on delivering rapid and accurate imaging diagnoses and we are available 24 hours per day 7 days per week for clinical consultation. 

Pediatric Radiology

Subspecialty Experts

At UCSF our radiologists focus on important areas of experience and specialization on diseases unique to children.  We have a wealth of skills in the pediatric chest, body, and the bones and joints.  Our subspecialists in pediatric imaging complement the advanced imaging care provided to children by specialists in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, including:

  • Pediatric ultrasound – including advanced applications
  • Pediatric focused x-ray, CT and MRI of the bones and joints
  • Pediatric MRI of bowel, abdominal, and pelvic conditions– including advanced applications
  • Pediatric fluoroscopy – including low radiation dose techniques
  • Pediatric CT – including advanced applications and low radiation dose techniques
  • Advanced high-field 3 Tesla MRI of the chest, body, and extremities
  • MR imaging with blood pool and bile duct contrast agents
  • Fetal MRI

Our subspecialists in pediatric imaging complement the advanced imaging care provided to children by specialists in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, including:

  • Brain, spine, neck, and peripheral nervous system (Neuroradiology)
  • Imaging with radioisotopes (Nuclear Medicine)
  • Minimally-invasive procedures (Interventional Radiology)
  • Congenital heart disease (Cardiovascular Imaging)