What is an X-ray?
X-rays use invisible energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs onto a special plate (similar to camera film) which sends the image to a computer. X-rays are performed for many reasons, including finding tumors or bone injuries.
What happens during an X-ray?
Your child will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry or hair braids that might interfere with the X-ray. He or she will be given a gown to wear if clothing must be removed.
Your child is positioned on a table. Some X-rays may be performed with the child in a sitting or standing position. Body parts that are not being examined may be covered with a lead apron to shield them from X-rays. Our radiology team strives to keep the dose from X-rays as low as possible while producing the best image.
Your child may not be able to hold still long enough to get the best possible images and may need to be immobilized. Immobilization means that your child's movement will be limited. The immobilization does not harm your child. We will do everything possible to reassure your child during the exam. Visit our teaching sheets page to learn more about immobilization.After your child is positioned on the table, the technologist steps behind a protective window and the image is taken. Sometimes, several X-rays may be taken to look at the same body part at different angles, such as the front and side view. The test should only take a few minutes.
Your doctor will get the results of the test within 24 hours and will share the results with you and your family.
How should my child prepare?
Usually, no advance preparations are needed for an X-ray.