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This information sheet is provided to help you and your child prepare for his or her upcoming test in the Department of Pediatric Radiology at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Your child’s doctor has suggested that sedation may be needed for your child to successfully complete the Radiology test that has been prescribed.
It is important that your child is comfortable and stays very still during the test so that the best possible pictures can be obtained for the most accurate evaluation and diagnosis. Sedation medication will make your child very drowsy and relaxed during the test. Your child will not feel any anything during the test or remember it afterward.
Different children may need different types of sedation depending on their individual health conditions, so it is important for us to have an accurate medical history for your child. Attached is a form that will give us your child’s basic health history, especially known allergies and current medications your child is taking. Please carefully complete this form at home and bring it with you on the day of your child’s test.
Knowing if your child has any chronic health conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), asthma, snoring, or sleep apnea, will help determine the type of sedation your child will need. Your thorough completion of the health history form will help our pediatric radiology doctors determine your child’s suitability for sedation medication. If the doctors decide that your child needs a different type of sedation, your child's test may need to be rescheduled for a different day.
If your child has a bad cold or congestion, or has been vomiting or having reflux, he or she may not be able to be given sedation medication. Based on your child's health history and health status on the day of the test, you will be informed by a member of the sedation services staff whether or not your child is able to have sedation medication.
Radiology tests themselves are generally not harmful. But sedation medication, like any medication, can have serious risks — such as cardiac or respiratory arrest — that are not to be taken lightly. Therefore, it is critical that we have an accurate and current health history on your child.
Division of Pediatric Neurology
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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