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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of tests ordered by your child’s doctor and invite you to participate. Please read the following information about our policies regarding parents and guardians in the testing rooms and helpful hints for preparing your child for the experience.
This policy provides guidelines for taking the proper safety measures to protect parents and caregivers while they are in the examination room during their children’s tests.
Radiation is used during some tests, including general X-rays, fluoroscopy (barium enemas, esophagrams, barium cookie swallows, voiding cystourethrograms, and upper gastrointestinal series), and CT scans.
Special precautions and rules apply to any tests that involve radiation:
Several special policies apply to interventional/angiography tests:
The most key role of a parent or guardian during the test is to help your child stay calm and relaxed. The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm. Parents and guardians play an important role in the success of any radiologic test. Children are less anxious and more cooperative when they are prepared ahead of time for what they are going to experience.
Children in this age range can be very anxious about having a test done. If your child is in this age group, the best time to explain the test is right before he or she has it done. Please use any of the test information sheets that are applicable and available either on the Department of Pediatric Radiology website or in the waiting area. The following also may be helpful for children in this age group:
Children in this age range have very good imaginations and may frighten themselves by imagining something much worse than the actual test. If your child is in this age group, the best time to explain the test is 1 or 2 days ahead of time. Please use the test information sheets that are applicable and available on the Department of Pediatric Radiology website. The following also may be helpful for children in this age group:
Children in this age range are very concerned with their bodies and appearance and now can think in abstract ways. If your child is in this age group, the best time to explain the test is up to a week ahead of time. Please use the test information sheets that are applicable and available on the Department of Pediatric Radiology website. The following also may be helpful for children in this age group:
If you have any questions about these policies, please call the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Children’s Hospital or make sure you discuss them with the pediatric radiology doctor, nurse or technologist before the test.
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:
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4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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