A chest X-ray is the most common radiology test for children.
The image will show the heart, lungs, bones and other tissues in the chest. Capturing the image itself takes less than a second and you’ll be able to stay with your child during the test.
Two views are usually taken for a child’s chest X-ray: a front and a side view. If your child is in the intensive care unit, then one view only may be obtained. Young children will lie on the table and hold their hands above their head. Older children will stand up and face the camera for one image, then turn to the side for the second.
To use as little radiation as possible, the Norton Children’s technologist will use a beam of visible light to target a narrow radiation beam.
Comparing a chest X-ray with earlier images of your child’s heart helps to show any changes in heart size and blood flow to the lungs.
Before a chest X-ray, it helps to explain to your child that there will be large equipment in the X-ray room. The technologist performing the X-ray will talk with you about the best way to work with your child during the test.
Why Norton Children’s Heart Institute?
Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, is a comprehensive pediatric heart surgery, heart failure and heart transplant program serving Kentucky, Southern Indiana and beyond.
The goal of the full-service Norton Children’s Heart Institute is to provide care for the child and the whole family. Our specialists are prepared to repair even the most complex congenital and acquired heart conditions.
Our heart team includes:
- Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
- Pediatric transplant surgeons
- Pediatric cardiologists
- Fetal cardiologists
- Adult congenital heart cardiologists
- Heart failure/heart transplant cardiologists
- Pediatric electrophysiologists
- Pediatric cardiac catheterization cardiologists
- Pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologists
- Pediatric intensive care physicians
- Cardiac critical care nurses
- Critical care pharmacists
- Family support team
- Child life specialists
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Social workers
For more information on services or to schedule an appointment with the Norton Children’s Heart Institute:
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