Pediatric Imaging Requires Special Training
Baptist Health Lexington partners with Kriss Pediatric Imaging to provide the only dedicated outpatient pediatric imaging facility in Central and Eastern Kentucky.
Dr. Vesna Kriss specializes in the field of Pediatric Radiology, and is prepared to use a variety of imaging techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions found in fetuses, infants, children and adolescents. Dr. Kriss is trained to work specifically with children, taking their needs into consideration, particularly the fact that children are often frightened by the use of diagnostic imaging equipment.
Patients are typically referred to pediatric radiologists to undergo diagnostic tests such as fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds, computerized tomography (CT) scans, X-rays and at times, imaging techniques associated with nuclear medicine. Pediatric radiologists must determine which procedures may be performed safely on the child, taking into account any family history, known disorders or diseases with careful attention to radiation safety. As diagnostic procedures are performed, pediatric radiologists oversee the testing to ensure the health and safety of the child.
Preparation for your child’s examination:
Modified Barium Swallow (Swallowing study), Barium Swallow, or Esophagus and Upper GI or Upper GI and Small Bowel - Infants up to 6 months: Nothing by mouth for the 3 hours preceding the exam 6 months and older: No liquids for 3 hour prior to the exam; no solids after midnight preceding the exam.
Barium Enema or Water Soluble Enema - No prep.
VCUG - Light meals the day of the exam.
Pelvic Ultrasound – Patient needs to have a full bladder
Abdominal Ultrasound -
- Infants up to 6 months: Nothing by mouth for the 3 hours preceding the exam.
- Babies six months to 1 year: no liquids for 3 hours prior to the exam; no solids after midnight preceding the exam.
- Children 1 Year and older: Nothing by mouth for 8 hours prior to exam.
Other preparations for your child's appointment
Arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment time for registration and check-in.
If you must cancel or reschedule, please call our scheduling department at 859 260-6547 at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment time.
Please bring the following items to your visit:
- Photo Identification - for the adult accompanying the child. Please note: The parent or legal guardian must provide written permission in order for anyone else to accompany the child to the appointment.
- Insurance Card
- Physician Referral - If required by your insurance.
- Financial Assistance Paperwork - when applicable.
What to expect during your child’s appointment
In order to ensure your child has the best possible experience we pride ourselves in creating a child-friendly environment. Your child may watch kid-friendly videos while you are completing the registration process. Our dedicated pediatric fluoroscopy room has an aquarium theme that provides a more relaxing environment for your child rather than a room with large “scary” equipment.
Dr. Kriss and our board-certified, pediatric-trained technologists will provide high-quality care and explain the procedure to your child and family throughout the entire process. Your child will be cared for by pediatric technologists who are skilled in venipuncture and bladder catheterization. Because of our commitment to family-centered care, we encourage and support the parents’ participation in all radiological procedures.
What to expect after your child’s appointment?
After completing the diagnostic procedure, Dr. Kriss will examine and interpret the results to arrive at a diagnosis, or to order additional tests. Dr. Kriss will explain the condition to the child, parents and any other physicians who will be providing care to the patient. Dr. Kriss often works as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide your child exceptional care.
The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The program also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.