Imaging and children

Image of child in an X-ray room with doctor

Discuss your child's options with your health professional.
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While the choice of imaging for a child depends mainly on the type of image needed for a particular clinical situation, there are some extra safety factors to consider for children, including exposure to radiation.

Sometimes imaging may not be necessary, so knowing your options can help. If your child does need imaging, learn ways to help your child during the procedure.

Understanding the types of imaging and their advantages and disadvantages can help you discuss the options with your health professional.

Questions to ask your health professional about imaging for your child

  • How will the imaging help my child's condition or injury?
  • What does the imaging procedure involve?
  • Are there any risks associated with the imaging?
  • Are there any other options?
  • How much will the imaging cost?