Pediatric Imaging Research Core at Children’s

Medical imaging resources located at Egleston Hospital and Scottish Rite Hospital.

The Pediatric Imaging Research Core (PIRC) is an interdisciplinary research program that recognizes the importance of medical imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in children and young adults. PIRC provides investigators with modern imaging technology and collaboration with imaging experts to achieve research goals. Our team consults with investigators to enhance their research through access to state-of-the-art technology, pediatric radiologists, physicists, pediatric technologists, nurses and pediatric sedation providers. PIRC also enables the conduct of standard imaging associated with large clinical trials. Services include MRI, CT, PET, bone densitometry, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, ultrasound, X-ray and pediatric sedation.

Please note: If patients do not require sedation, do not require increased care due to acuity, and if procedures will not be billed to insurance, the resources at the Center for Systems Imaging (CSI) may be used.  For more information click here. For questions about which facility to use, contact Lawrence Matarutse.

The PIRC focuses on providing pediatric imaging services, including the use of novel imaging techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults. We offer a number of resources to investigators conducting research.  Below are the services available at both Children's Scottish Rite and Children's Egleston. 


  • Fluoroscopy
  • Digital X-ray
  • Bone Densitometry
  • 64 Slice Low Dose CT Scanner
  • 40 Slice Low Dose CT Scanner
  • Ultrasound
  • Mock MRI Scanner (Scottish Rite only)
  • 1.5 T MRI Scanner
  • 3T MRI Scanners
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology (Single Plane)
  • Sedation Services
  • MRI Physicist
  • Image Processing Scientist
  • PET/CT (Egleston only)

All research studies utilizing radiology services require the Radiology Department to complete a protocol review.

Radiology will review protocols to determine if the requested procedures align with our standard of care (SOC) imaging protocols and review for additional radiology services (non-SOC scans, training, disks, phantom scans, etc.). The PI or primary research coordinator should complete a Radiology Protocol Review Form and submit the completed form, protocol, and any imaging manuals to Lawrence Matarutse. Be sure to ask your Sponsor if there any imaging manuals associated with your research study. If an imaging manual is submitted to Radiology after a protocol review and pricing determination, a new protocol review and pricing determination will be required. Please allow 2-4 weeks for each protocol review to be completed. Radiology will return the Radiology Protocol Review Form to the study team. It will include our protocol review, required fees to be included in study budgets, and a description of what information should be included in the procedure order form. 

  • Please review this document or contact Lawrence Matarutse for more information regarding services and research pricing.
  • For information regarding Children's Radiation Safety Committee, including assessment of risk related to the use of radiation in research, please contact Nikki Butler.