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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Conventional diagnostic radiology, also known as radiography, is most commonly known as x-ray. An x-ray is a picture of the inside of your child's body. X-rays:
Diagnostic Radiology at Boston Children's is designed to facilitate high-quality and rapid x-ray examinations using the lowest possible radiation doses for your child, no matter her size, age or medical condition. Our division has:
An x-ray is a picture taken of your child's bones and organs by a large camera that uses radiation to take pictures of the inside of her body. The images are created when the x-ray passes through her bone and tissues onto a digital-image recording plate.
X-rays are commonly used to assist physicians in the diagnosis and assessment of many conditions, including:
There is no special preparation required for most x-rays. Your child can eat and drink as she usually does unless you are given specific instructions when you make the appointment.
It is helpful to:
When you arrive, please go to the Radiology check-in desk.
A technologist will bring you and your child into the x-ray room. Your child will be awake at all times. The technologist will:
The x-ray will be taken by a large camera. The technologist will operate the x-ray machine from behind a wall in the room. Often, more than one x-ray is taken.
The length of time needed to do each x-ray depends on the type of x-ray that was ordered for your child. A typical x-ray takes about 10 minutes for positioning, while the actual x-ray exposure takes less than a second.
There is no pain associated with having an x-ray. Your child may need to remain in an uncomfortable position for a short time while the x-ray is taken, but that discomfort is brief.
The benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the exposure to radiation that occurs during an x-ray. Because children are more sensitive to radiation exposure than adults, Children's specialists have been leaders in adjusting equipment and procedures to deliver the lowest possible dose to young patients.
When the x-ray is done, your child will be ready to go home or see her doctor if an appointment is scheduled. One of the radiologists will review your child's images and create a written report of the findings and diagnosis.
The radiologist will provide a report to the doctor who ordered your child's x-ray. The doctor will then discuss the results with you.
Department of Radiology
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