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X-rays use low levels of external radiation to produce images of the body, the organs, and other internal structures for diagnostic purposes.
X-rays pass through body structures onto specially treated plates (much like camera film) and make a "negative" type picture.
The more solid a structure is, the whiter it appears on the film. For this reason, bones appear very white on an x-ray film. Less dense tissue — such as muscle, blood, skin, and fat — appears darker.
At the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, doctors may use chest x-rays to assess your child's heart status — either directly or indirectly — by looking at the heart itself, as well as the lungs.
Changes in the normal structure of the heart, lungs, and/or lung vessels may suggest disease or other problems.
Some of the conditions that we can assess with a chest x-ray include:
Doctors may also order chest x-rays as part of a physical exam or before your child's hospital stay and/or surgery to:
To make a final diagnosis of cardiac conditions, your child's doctor may perform other tests such as:
To make an appointment or learn more about chest x-rays, contact the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital at 412-692-5540.
View our chest x-ray patient procedure sheet.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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