What is a Chest X Ray ?
A chest X-ray is a safe test that takes a picture of the chest using a small amount of radiation. The X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the chest.
Why is a Chest X ray done?
The black and white picture produced gives helpful information about the heart and the lungs.
What happens during the test?
The radiographer (X-ray technician) will help position your child next to the X-ray machine. Babies may need to be held. Pregnant mothers should not go near the X-ray machine. The radiographer will stand behind a protective screen whilst the X-ray is performed.
How long does it take?
Radiation time is usually less than a second. The whole procedure usually takes 5-10 minutes.
Does it hurt?
- No. The test is painless.
- Bring a dummy for your baby if they usually have one.
- Tell older children to pretend to be still like a statue.
- Older children may be asked to hold their breath for a few seconds.