Cardiac MRI & CT Imaging Program

At the Pediatric Cardiac MRI and CT Imaging Program, we use advanced imaging techniques to evaluate, diagnose and help develop personalized treatment plans for a wide variety of pediatric heart conditions, from congenital disorders to tumors. By obtaining detailed images of your child's heart with MRI or CT scans, we're able to get a full understanding of your child's condition and provide the best possible care.

We recognize MRI and CT scans can be scary for children, so our cardiac imaging specialists take care to make the experience comfortable, low stress and noninvasive. Everything is designed with kids and families in mind, from the layout of the testing spaces to the involvement of child life specialists, who provide emotional support and help children understand what's happening. Also important, our state-of-the-art equipment limits patient exposure to radiation. In cases where a child needs sedation during the test, we work with pediatric anesthesiologists who are highly trained in the unique needs of young patients. Our staff also helps you navigate our health system, from coordinating test appointments to assisting with insurance issues, so you can focus on your child.

UCSF has been on the forefront of medical imaging for more than a century. Many radiology advancements and applications were developed here, and we offer some services that are not widely available. For example, we are the only medical center in Northern California with a dedicated 3-D technology center. By generating 3-D images and physical models of our patients' hearts, we enable our doctors and surgeons to provide the most precise, personalized care possible. As a collaboration between the UCSF Pediatric Heart Center and UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, our program works to develop new techniques and tools, ensuring our patients benefit from the latest innovations.

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      One of the nation’s best in cardiology & heart surgery

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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