CHOC Children's Radiology :: What to Expect
The CHOC Children’s Radiology Department sees patients on both an inpatient (staying overnight in the hospital) and outpatient (not staying overnight at the hospital) basis. Patients staying at the hospital will have all of their imaging studies arranged by their nurse or doctor. Some studies can be done at the patient’s bedside, while others may require the child to be brought to our special imaging unit located on the main floor of the hospital.
Most outpatient scans and examinations are done by appointment only, although walk-in appointments can be accommodated. Patients with an appointment will be given specific instructions on when to arrive at the time appointment is confirmed. Learn more about making an appointment and walk-in services.
Children should be kept as calm and comfortable as possible prior to the procedure. Patients should be dressed in comfortable clothing like sweats or pajamas with an elastic or drawstring waist. Children should not where clothing with metal buttons, snaps or buckles. Parents and guardians should be sure to follow to any pre-examination guidelines (like not eating or drinking) discussed with the child’s doctor or the Radiology Department staff. We also ask that children remove all jewelry before coming to the hospital.
Although getting an ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan or MRI may not seem like a big deal for many adults, these exams can be very stressful for children. We ask that caregivers find other arrangements for the patient’s siblings the day of the examination. The patient will need his or her caregiver’s full attention and other children are not allowed in the imaging area while the scan or examination is being done. It is also important to note that pregnant women are not permitted in the imaging rooms.
After parking and checking in with the reception area in the hospital’s main lobby, patients and their caregivers are directed to the Radiology Department lobby where they will let the registration clerk know that they are ready for their examination.
The extraordinary CHOC Children’s associates work one-on-one with each patient to make the imaging experience as happy and pleasant as possible.
Learn more about what to expect for the specific types of imaging done in the Radiology Department: