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A chest X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your child's heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. Chest X-rays can also show the bones of your child's spine and chest.
A chest X-ray is done to find problems with the organs and structures inside the chest.
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you so. You can tell your child that he or she won't feel any pain from the chest X-ray itself.
The test will take about 10 minutes.
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. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: June 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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