CHOC Children's Radiology
What are X-rays?
An X-ray is a test that can take still pictures of the bones and organs in the body. An x-ray is an actual form of energy. This invisible energy beam passes through the body on to a recording plate that creates the image. The X-ray is painless but does produce a small amount of radiation. The radiologist looks at the pictures and uses them to help the doctor diagnose problems.
How are X-rays performed?
The patient is asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that might be in the way with the area of the body to be imaged. The child is positioned sitting, standing or laying in between the X-ray machine and the recording plate for the examination. The X-ray camera may come very close to the child to take a picture but it will not touch. It is important for the child to remain still for each image taken. The x-ray technologists at CHOC Children’s are trained and experienced in pediatric care. Child life specialists are also available to prepare the child for the exam if needed. Learn more about the child life specialists in the CHOC Children’s Radiology Department.
Can X-rays harm children?
An X-ray is a safe, noninvasive procedure, used to diagnose problems inside a patient’s body. The amount of radiation used in most examinations is very small and the benefits greatly outweigh the risk of harm. The radiology team at CHOC Children’s has been trained to use the minimum amount of radiation to obtain the necessary images.