Read all about what happens during an x-ray here. 


  • Sprained ankles, broken bones, chest problems - at some point your child may need an X-ray, but large amounts of exposure to the ionising radiation of X-rays can cause serious health problems over time. 
  • If your child needs an X-ray, speak to your doctor about your concerns and ask whether the X-ray is absolutely necessary and, if so, how many of them will be taken. 
  • In most instances, only two views are needed to evaluate damage properly. 
  • It is seldom necessary to have comparative X-rays (of, for instance, the other unharmed arm or leg).
  • It might be possible that imaging studies that dont require radiation - like MRI or ultrasound - could be used in some cases, so ask about the alternatives. 
  • Remember though, the child may need general anaesthetic for an MRI scan, and you will have to weigh up the risks. 
  • You can ask the technologist to make sure that shields are being used to protect areas of the body that are not being imaged. 
  • Carefully explain to your child what will happen. 
  • Tell her she must lie or sit very still when the technologist tells her to so that they can get a clear picture of her insides. 
  • And promise her she'll get to see the images herself if she lies very still. 
  • You want to avoid having to retake images because of movement.
  • Also reassure your child that X-rays don't hurt. 

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