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during what ways can the radiology department ease children fears of getting a x-ray or ct scan?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Children's Hospital: Best situation is to use the radiology dept in a children's hospital. The imaging suites are decorated with cheerful decor and the technologists and radiologists are accustomed to dealing with the anxieties of the pediatric group.
Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
Radiology 21 years experience
Understanding: The best way is to try to slow down and allow the child to ask questions and get comfortable with the strange environment. Reassuring the child that xrays do not hurt is good. It's just a picture. If the child is an infant, then having the mother or father with the child during the study usually helps. But sometimes no amount of comforting and explaining will soothe an anxious child.
Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
Radiology 22 years experience
Positive distraction: Positive attitudes, distraction techniques, and reassurances are helpful to get kids to acquiesce. However, it is normal for kids to be nervous. Offering rewards to be received at the end of the scan or X-ray may also help.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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