• Radiology and Coping

    Imaging procedures, also known as radiology procedures, allow doctors to see detailed pictures of your child’s internal systems and tissues without surgery. You may be referred for a radiology or imaging procedure to help diagnose a condition or to check the progress of treatment.

    Imaging procedures include X-rays, CT scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

    At the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah, our radiology team has taken the “ImageGently®” pledge to make your child’s safety and comfort our top priority.

    Some imaging procedures require sedation from a qualified pediatric anesthesiologist. This is because the child must remain absolutely still throughout the procedure. An experienced team of nurses monitors the child to ensure that he or she is comfortable, calm, and secure throughout the process.

    Before the Procedure

    Prepare yourself

    • Understand what the visit will be like for you and your child. Ask how long the procedure will take and the reason for it.
    • Ask what information, documents, and medicines you need to bring with you.
    • Follow all of the pre-procedure instructions from your doctor.
    • Bring your child’s favorite comfort item or activity.

    Prepare your child

    • Use simple words to describe the steps involved and the reason for the procedure. Be honest.
    • Listen to your child’s cues, be careful not to overwhelm him/her with too much information.
    • Practice things that help your child feel calm, such as squeezing a hand, taking deep breaths, or looking at a favorite book. 
    During the Procedure
    • Remember that crying is a natural and acceptable way for children to express their feelings.
    • Acknowledge how your child feels and offer constant support throughout the procedure.
    • Answer your child’s questions truthfully. If you don’t know the answer, ask the doctor, radiology technician, or child life specialist.
    • Children can sense a parent’s stress or anxiety. Remaining calm and upbeat yourself will help your child feel more comfortable.
    • Praise is important. Use phrases such as, “You are being so still.” “It is helpful when you take a deep breath.” “You are great at following directions.” 
    Age-Appropriate Comfort Measures

    Infants and Toddlers

    • Talk to your baby using very simple explanations
    • Be present and involved
    • Bring comfort items such as a blanket, pacifier, or favorite toy
    • Have a snack or a bottle/cup available

    Preschoolers

    • The best time to prepare your child is the day of the procedure. Talk to your child about what she will see, feel, and hear. Practice coping skills.
    • Model positive coping skills
    • Bring a favorite toy or comfort item
    • Participate in his/her care

    School-Age

    • Practice coping techniques
    • Offer choices when possible
    • Acknowledge his/her fears; provide support and encouragement
    • Choose a favorite activity to bring 

    Teens

    • Encourage your teen to be involved in his/her care
    • Provide detailed information and facts for your teen
    • Encourage your teen to participate in decision making
    • Maintain honest, open communication
    Information About Specific Procedures
    Contact Us

    If you have questions regarding your child’s procedure, contact the radiology department at 912-350-8436.