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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test, and we invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the test and how you can help.
An X-ray is a picture taken of the bones and organs inside of your child’s body.
X-rays are done at the Department of Pediatric Radiology of Children’s Hospital. In the room will be an X-ray technologist who is experienced in taking X-rays on children. You will see an X-ray machine connected to the ceiling, a long table, and an X-ray machine connected to the wall. You might explain to your child that the X-ray machine is a large camera for taking pictures of inside his or her body. If your child has any questions, the X-ray technologist will be happy to answer them before the test.
As a parent, you may have concerns about radiation exposure. Children’s takes every precaution to make sure your child is safe.
We welcome your help and support during this test. Parents or guardians are invited to join your child in the examination room. Other children can wait in the waiting room, or the Lemieux Sibling Center if siblings are ages 3 to 12 who are toilet trained.
The X-ray technologist will show you where to stand in the exam room during the test. Please follow the instructions of the medical staff performing the X-ray.
When the X-ray technologist has taken all the X-rays needed, the test is done.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Children’s before the test and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs.
Preparing your child beforehand, as well as comforting your child during the test, will help your child have a more positive experience. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to explain tests to children. If you have any questions about ways to prepare or support your child, or feel your child will have difficulty during the test, please call the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Children’s and ask to speak with the Child Life Specialist.
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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