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X-ray and Conventional Diagnostic Radiology – Pediatric Imaging Procedure

What is radiography?

Radiography, more commonly known as X-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Conventional diagnostic radiography uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic pictures of the human body on film. The image is created when the X-ray passes through bone and tissues onto film or a digital-image recording plate.

How does Wake Radiology Pediatric Imaging Center minimize radiation exposure to children?

The technologists at WR Pediatric Imaging are trained to deliver high-quality and rapid X-ray examinations at the lowest possible radiation doses for pediatric patients of any size, age, and medical condition, including tiny newborns, small infants, toddlers, young children, and maturing adolescents. Wake Radiology is committed to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) standard for radiation doses and adheres also to the Image Gently campaign of ACR.

When might an X-ray be needed?

X-rays are commonly used to assist physicians in the diagnosis and assessment of many conditions, including arthritis, bone fractures, pneumonia, and scoliosis. In the case of a broken bone, X-rays can show very fine hairline fractures or chips and ensure that a fracture has been properly realigned and stabilized.

How should I prepare my child for the procedure?

There is no special preparation required for most radiographs. Your child may be asked to change into a gown for his or her examination, and he or she will need to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, and any other metal objects that could obscure the images. Females should tell the doctor or technologist if there is any chance they could be pregnant.

Will my child feel anything during the X-ray?

There is no pain associated with having an X-ray. Sometimes a child is asked to hold himself in an uncomfortable position for a short time while the X-ray is taken, but that discomfort will be brief.

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