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CT Scan for children

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This special x-ray machine takes pictures that look different from ordinary x-rays. It takes lots of pictures of your child's body, a bit like slices of bread. The test is done to show up body parts, using x-rays and a computer.

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You can stay with your child during the CT (Computer Tomography) test, but you must wear a protective apron. The test takes about 15 minutes and shows much more details than ordinary x-rays.  However, preparing for the study may take longer depending upon the part of the body being scanned.

You can get more information about CT scans on the NHS Choices website.

You can also download a PDF leaflet to help explain the scan to your child.


Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm:

  • Appointments: 0191 282 4330
  • Further information/queries: Radiographers on 0191 282 4707
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