This month, a new imaging suite will be completed at ChildServe that will help to better the lives of many children for whom we care.
A Pediatric Imaging System has been installed in Outpatient Therapy that will be used to take spine, limb, and chest X-rays. This state-of-the-art equipment will allow us to more safely obtain X-rays for the children on the TCU and CCU because they can be transported down the hall versus to a hospital.
"Children on the TCU and CCU often require imaging for various conditions such as respiratory symptoms which require a chest X-ray, or musculoskeletal issues that require X-rays of the bones or joints," says Dr. Wahlig, Chief Medical Officer at ChildServe.
Many of the children here have complex medical conditions and are very fragile. Some have developed osteopenia, or brittle bones. The most simple of tasks can put these children at risk of pain and broken bones. Having the option of wheeling a bed or chair down the hall to receive X-rays can significantly decrease chances of a fragile child sustaining injury.
This equipment will allow us to partner with pediatric orthopedic surgeons and other physicians to open additional specialty clinics for children from our inpatient, outpatient, and group homes. As part of clinics, children may need to receive X-rays so the surgeon may evaluate and form a suitable treatment plan for each child.
As part of the expanded imaging system we will also have the ability to do head and body scans in children. This scanning system will allow us to do cranial remolding orthosis (helmets) in young children as well as dynamic movement orthosis.
Having this equipment available at ChildServe will create high-quality service for the children for whom we care.