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CT Scans

Sometimes more detail is needed in imaging your child’s chest. This is particularly the case if there is concern your child may have a more complicated lung problem. In these cases, a CT scan (CAT scan) of the chest is requested. This can’t be done at the time of the clinic, but will be requested for a later date. The test requires that the child lies very still for approximately 3-5 minutes at a time, and can hold their breath for 30 seconds. If this is difficult for your child the doctors may suggest that the scan be done under a general anaesthetic. This is to make sure the picture from the scan is of the best quality to give as much information about your child’s chest as possible. Further information on CT scanning in children can be seen on the following website imagegently.org

This page was last updated at 12:53PM on July 7, 2021.