An X-ray is a safe and painless exam that uses a small amount of radiation to take a picture of a part of the body. During the exam, an X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the body part, and an image is recorded on a computer.
X-ray is one of many services offered by the Pediatric Imaging Department at Children's of Alabama.
Prior to the exam:
There are different preparations for some of the X-ray exams. These preps are specific to the exam and to your child's age. Your ordering physician will provide specific instructions for the exam they have ordered.
When you arrive:
Once the registration process is completed, a technologist will greet you and escort you to the X-ray examination room.
During the X-ray exam:
Depending on what body part needs to be examined your child may be seated, lie down or stand up for the exam. Having an X-ray is very similar to having your picture taken, in that your child will need to be still for the exam. For some exams, such as a Chest X-ray, your child will be instructed to hold their breath.
Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant, will be asked to leave the exam room during the procedure. Please ensure that there is someone else available to accompany the child during the exam, if needed.
During the Fluoroscopic exam:
Fluoroscopic X-ray is also known as "real" time X-ray. (Similar to a video) Depending upon the exam your child is having, contrast may administered. You will be asked ahead of time about your child's allergies and if they have had any previous fluoro exams.
The images from your child's exam are interpreted by a pediatric radiologist and a report is sent to your physician's office.
If your physician has any questions regarding the report, he/she may call 205-638-9730
Question or concern about your child's exam?