Sedating children

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The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine with a hole in the centre through which a special bed can move.

The scan can last anywhere from five minutes to 20 minutes, depending on the area and complexity of the scan.

If you would like some advice about preparing your child for his or her scan, please ring the department’s play specialist.

Some children find it difficult to lie still for the scan – either because of their age or their medical condition – so we might suggest they have sedation for the CT scan.

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If your child is anxious about the scan, you should discuss exactly what might happen in an open and honest manner.Disclaimer This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals.The authors of these consumer health information handouts have made a considerable effort to ensure the information is accurate, up to date and easy to understand.Watch our short video about having an MRI scan or listen to our audio podcast.If you would like further advice about preparing your child for the scan, please ring the department’s play specialist on the numbers below.

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