X-ray Services at CHKD

A diagnostic X-ray is a medical procedure using X-rays to help identify a disease or injury inside the body. An X-ray machine is essentially a large camera that uses X-rays instead of light to create an image. The X-rays pass through the body and produce an image on a special screen.

Common uses of diagnostic X-rays are:

  • Chest X-rays (used to look at your heart and lungs when you have a persistent cough, chest pain, or difficulty breathing)
  • Bone X-rays (used after an injury)
  • Foreign body X-rays (used when you cut yourself with glass, swallow a penny, etc.)
  • Dental X-rays (used to locate cavities in your teeth)

A trained, registered technologist will get you situated between the camera and the special screen. You will then have to hold very still while the picture is being taken. The procedure is completely painless.

After the test, a pediatric radiologist will view the image and discuss results with your child's doctor. Your child's doctor will then be in touch with you.

Preparing Your Child

Infants: You cannot explain the exam to your baby. You can help your baby feel more secure during the test by bringing a special blanket, toy, or pacifier. Please bring along a bottle of juice or formula to feed your baby when the test is done.

Toddlers and preschool-age children: Young children remember things for only a short time, so the best time to talk about the test is right before you are ready to come to the hospital. Tell your child that you are going to the hospital to have some "pictures" taken that the doctor needs to help him/her get better. Try to use simple words. It is important to be honest with your child. Because children at this age are afraid of being separated from their parent, let him/her know that mom or dad will stay with him/her as much as possible. When you come to the hospital, bring a favorite book, toy, or blanket. You may also bring along a snack for after the test.

School-age children: School-age children have active imaginations. If you don't tell them the truth, they may imagine something much worse than the actual test. The day of the test, tell your child that he/she will be going to the hospital to have some pictures taken of the inside of his/her body. Tell him/her the pictures will help the doctor decide how to make him/her better. Use simple words, and be honest. Try to tell your child exactly what will happen. When you come to the hospital, bring along a favorite books, toy, or game. If you wish, you may bring along a snack for after the test.

Please call your child's doctor or the radiology department (757) 668-7250 if you have any questions or concerns.