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X-rays at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Phoenix Children's Hospital supports "Image Gently," a commitment to minimize radiation doses without compromising diagnostic effectiveness. Our radiology staff uses specialized pediatric protocols and we use shielding techniques to reduce radiation exposure to areas of the body that are not being directly imaged.

What is an X-ray?

X-rays are made by using low levels of radiation to produce two-dimensional images of the body, the organs and other internal structures for diagnostic purposes.

X-rays pass through body onto specially treated plates and a black and white picture is made. The more solid a structure is, the whiter it appears on the image. For this reason, bones appear very white in an X-ray image, but less dense tissue such as muscle, blood, skin and fat appears darker. An X-ray provides a picture of inside the body by using special radioactive rays.

X-rays are used to detect potential problems with your child's:

  • Bones
  • Tissues
  • Parts of organs

During the test, several X-ray pictures will be taken and it lasts about 15 minutes.

What Happens During the X-ray?

The X-ray machine is like a large camera that shines a light on the part of the body to be examined. The room will be dim so the technologist can see the light and asists in aiming the beam.

Depending on the part of the body being viewed, and age of the patient, X-rays may be performed with the patient standing, sitting or lying down.

At Phoenix Children’s, X-rays are processed by computers where they are viewed as pictures and stored in an internal archiving system.

What to Expect - Before you Arrive

When you arrive to the Imaging Department, sign your child's name in at the registration desk located on the first floor of the Main Building, across from the Gift Shop. When your child's name is called, our staff will complete the proper paperwork with you.

Review our helpful tips on what to expect before you arrive.

Note: Be sure to bring any related documentation such as physician notes or orders and prior images to your child’s appointment.

Contact us

For more information or to make a referral, please call 602-933-1213.

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