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Having your pictures taken in X-ray usually takes just a few minutes. You will need to stand/sit or lie down to get into position for your pictures. If you need lots of X-rays, it can take a bit longer.
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'll have 2 or 3 radiographers helping you to take your picture, and you might also meet a play therapist.
The X-ray camera hangs from the ceiling, pretty cool huh? It can be moved to take pictures of any part of your body – but it never touches you.
These boards sit behind the part of your body where you're having your picture taken. They're smooth and can feel a little cold. The radiographer will also shine a light over the part of your body they are taking pictures of.
You might need to stand, sit or lie down – depending on what type of picture you need. The radiographer will tell you what you need to do for your pictures.
All the people in the X-ray room with you will wear a special outfit – this stops the camera from taking their picture too.
If you're having pictures taken of your chest or abdomen (tummy) the radiographer might ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds.
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 and blink normally and stay relaxed. You will need to keep still so you can watch the movie that you choose too!
If you have a favourite stuffed toy, they can come with you - and have their picture taken too!
The best clothes to wear are comfy ones that are easy to get on and off. It's important to wear clothes that don't have prints, sequins, glitter or metal on them, as they can get in the way of the pictures. To get clear pictures you might need to take off any clothes that are in the way of the camera – but it will only be for a few minutes, then you can put them back on.
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.
If your child is having images taken of their chest or abdomen, they will need to hold their breath briefly.