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Having an OPG or CEPH picture takes about 20 seconds each. You might have one or both types of pictures.
The person who takes your pictures is called a Radiographer. They'll let you know everything that you need to do and can answer any questions you might have!
Sometimes you have 2 radiographers helping you to take your picture, and you might also meet a play therapist.
The OPG and CEPH cameras are in our X-ray department.
The OPG camera has 2 guides that gently touch your head. You will also need to bite down on the mouthpiece while you stay in position. The rest of the camera moves slowly around your head but won't touch you.
The CEPH camera has 2 prongs that rest in your ears. There is also a guide that just touches your forehead. The rest of the camera moves slowly past your head but won't touch you. You will need to keep your teeth together while your picture is being taken.
All the people in the X-ray room with you will wear a special outfit – this stops the camera from taking their picture too.
It's really important to keep still while having your picture taken. If you move around, the picture comes out blurry. It's still okay to breathe normally, blink and stay relaxed, but you need to keep your teeth together the whole time.
If you have a favourite stuffed toy, they can come with you - and have their picture taken too!
This camera takes pictures of your head – so you can wear any clothes you like – but you'll need to take off any jewellery (earrings and necklaces) and any metal clips or bands in your hair.
Before your appointment, check the requirements of your child's scan on their appointment letter. If there is anything you are unsure of or don't understand, please contact Medical Imaging reception on 03 9345 5255.
If you have concerns about your child's ability to undergo imaging, you may request the services of an educational play therapist. Play therapists are trained to assess and prepare children for imaging and can also provide distraction during your child's scan. Note that appointments book up quickly, so please request this service in advance, as the play therapist may not be available on the day. Please contact Medical Imaging reception on 03 9345 5255.
It is important to be honest but considerate of your child's developmental level. It is a good idea to explain to your child why they need the scan. Children over the age of 5 generally cope best when they are informed of their procedure the week prior, and are given the opportunity to process the information and ask questions. Children under 5 are best told about their appointment the day before. You are encouraged to explore the Okee app games and to discuss the content with your child before their appointment.