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A CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside your child's body. A CT scan of the chest can give your doctor information about your child's lungs, heart, and other structures in the chest.
During the test, your child will lie on a moving table that is attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The table will move in and out of the centre of the machine during the scan.
If you are not pregnant, you can stay in the room with your child during the test. You will wear an apron that protects your body from X-rays.
A CT scan can help find problems such as:
Your doctor may order a CT scan if an earlier ultrasound test didn't show enough detail about the cause of the problem.
The chance of a CT scan causing a problem is small.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Adaptation Date: 2/17/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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