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.