We will ask your child to lie on the scanner bed and keep very still during the scan. Any movement can make the pictures blurred and the scan may have to be repeated.
Once your child is positioned correctly, we will move them into the scanner – the part of your child's body that we are scanning must be in the centre of the machine. The scanner is a short tunnel. The radiographer will talk to your child during the scan to let them know what is happening and your child will be given a buzzer to press if they need to attract our attention during the scan.
When the scanner is working, it makes a loud banging noise. We will give you and your child headphones to wear, to reduce the noise.
The scan should be completely painless. Sometimes the scanner bed vibrates slightly due to the noise. This is quite normal and is nothing to worry about.
The most difficult part is keeping still. Please help us to make sure your child is as comfortable and as relaxed as possible before we start.
Most scans take between 20 and 40 minutes.