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How to Prepare Children for a CT Scan

Author: Amanda Lascelle, MedSchoolForParents.com Expert
The more informed and relaxed parents are, the more the child will be comfortable. Therefore, it is important for a parent to get as much information as possible. Ask questions like:


  • How long is the procedure?
  • Are you able to be with the child?
  • Will the child need sedation?


A good way to explain the CT to the child is as follows:
“The CT scanner is a round machine that looks like a donut. It has a camera inside that will take pictures of the inside of your body. Your job is to be very still. When the camera turns on it is going to make a swoosh sound and then a beep sound when it takes a photo.”
Create a coping plan for the child to stay still, such as practicing “laying like a statue” and finding distractions for your child like counting or thinking of a favourite place to be.
Updated: 03/08/2017

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