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.
DR NAQVI’S TOP TIPS for having a Chest X-ray
  • 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.
When a Child has an X-ray
Prepare a Child for an X-ray