Doctors use a variety of imaging tests to diagnose and treat medical conditions in children. The test they decide to order will depend on the child’s symptoms and the suspected condition.
Imaging tests may include X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, or CT scans. These tests allow doctors to get a better look at the child’s internal organs and structures and are helpful in diagnosing broken bones, cancers, and infections.
Sometimes, a child may need to get sedated for an imaging test. Sedation is usually only necessary for very young children or if the child is anxious about the procedure.
The imaging test staff will take every precaution to ensure that the child is safe and comfortable during the procedure. However, parents should not hesitate to ask any questions about the test or the child’s care. Knowing what to expect and how you can help ease your child’s anxiety is key to getting the best results as efficiently as possible.