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What is a CT scan? CT stands for ‘computed tomography’. A CT scan is a uses X-rays to take pictures inside the body to help diagnose symptoms. It shows your bones and internal organs. The CT scanner is shaped like a large donut, with a table that moves you through a hole in the...

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What is contrast media? CT contrast media is sometimes called “X-ray dye”. It is a colourless liquid that shows up very clearly on CT scans. The dye does not stain your body and is passed out in your wee. Not all CT scans need contrast media. Please visit our resource about what a CT...

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What is an intussusception? An intussusception is a blockage of the bowel caused by a child’s gut folding in on itself. Intussusceptions usually happen in babies and small children. Intussusceptions do not usually have an identifiable cause, although they can sometimes occur if your...

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What is a DEXA scan? DEXA stands for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. The scan directs 2 low-strength X-ray beams at your child’s body, and a computer uses this data to calculate the density of their bones. How can we prepare for the scan? The scan room has a tracking hoist attached to the...

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This resource gives you an overview of your child’s planned echocardiogram. You may also hear it being called a ‘transthoracic echocardiogram’, a ‘cardiac ultrasound’ or simply, and an ‘echo’. What is an echocardiogram? An echocardiogram is a detailed...

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What is a CT scan? A computed tomography (CT) scan is an imaging procedure that uses X-rays to take detailed pictures of the internal organs. The scan is quick and painless. More information on CT scans can be found here. Why is sedation needed? To achieve clear images children need to keep very...

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What is an EOS? The EOS scanner is a special piece of X-ray equipment that takes images of you while you are stood up. This means your bones can be imaged while you are in your usual posture, instead of lying down. The EOS scanner can take much larger pictures than normal X-ray cameras which...

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Please note that there are 2 different types of skeletal survey exams. 1 type checks the bones for injuries, the other type checks bones for diseases. The following information covers skeletal surveys that check for injuries. What is a skeletal survey? A skeletal survey is an X-ray procedure where...

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What is an ultrasound scan? An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to look at things inside your body like your kidneys, liver, muscles, and your heart. It is simple and painless. The person who does the scan is called a sonographer or radiologist. What happens during an ultrasound scan? You will be...

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An MRI is a way of examining the small bowel without using X-rays. MRI combines a powerful magnet and a sophisticated computer to detect small changes in the body and can create highly detailed images of the bowel. Fibre is the structural part of plants. It is not digested or broken down when we...

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What does MRI stand for? MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. What is an MRI? An MRI is a scan which provides very clear, detailed pictures of the brain or other parts of the body, to investigate a health problem. It does not use x-rays to make the images so there is no dose of…...

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What is a videofluoroscopy study? It is a special X-ray examination of what happens when someone swallows. Why does my child need to have this test? Your child has some difficulties with feeding and swallowing and a doctor has referred them for this X-ray. Swallowing problems can show themselves in...

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