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Pediatric imaging involves the imaging of children of all ages (0-17). Like Emergency imaging Pediatric imaging provides a challenging environment for radiographers. Children are very unpredictable with their behaviors and it does not necessarily depend on the age of child. It is important to introduce yourself upon meeting the child because most children preceive strangers as a negative thing. It is out job to make them feel comfortable and safe when in our care. It is important to explain the procedure to the child and the parent, so both understand what we expect as radiographers and what they can expect as patients to prevent any anxiety about the exams.
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Fig-1: Imaging children is a challenging aspect of the profession.

Many times children respond well the a kind, gentle voice and it is the best practice to get down to the child's level so as to speak to them face to face.

Often times it is hard for children to remain still for their x-rays examinations therefore it is important for radiographers to work quickly and efficiently to produce diagnostic quality radiographs. There are instances in which immobilizing the patient is required to obtain a diagnostic quality image. In these instances it is important to explain to both the parent and child the need for the immobilization. There are several techniques, one of the more popular techniques is the mummification techniques where the child is wrapped into a blanket and their arms are disabled due to the wrapping.

Pediatric imaging can be very rewarding, if you look at your job as helping sick children to potenially become better. Often times, many people find it difficult to be around sick children due to human nature (no one likes to see a sick child). It is best to have a positive attitude when working with children, a smile can go a long way. 

There are designated children's hospitals however they are not located in every city, province, or state. Therefore many hospitals cater to both children and adults, this can be difficult due to the variances between children and adults and the type of communication skills required for both.


References:

Bontrager, K.L., & Lampignano, J.P. (2005). Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy. Elsevier Mosby, 6th Ed.

Torres, L.S., Watson-Norcutt, T.A., & Dutton, A.G. (2003). Basic Medical Techniques and Patient Care in Imaging Technology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 6th Ed.

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