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At Children’s National, we understand that families have many questions about their child’s condition and care. In addition to any resources your provider may give you, our online resources can also support your ongoing treatment journey.

Frequently Asked Questions - CT Scans and Radiation Risks


If my doctor requests a CT scan, should I let my child have it?

Is there an increased risk of cancer from medical radiation, especially CT scans?

What steps do you take to reduce radiation to my child?

Who do I talk to if I have concerns?

Information Sheets - Radiology Exams

These information sheets were created by our child life specialists to be child-friendly and helpful to our parents that will be having radiology exams.

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boy having cardiac imaging.

Send Us Your Imaging Exams

Children's National Hospital makes it easy for patients, families and referring physicians to electronically exchange medical images and other health-related records with our providers before your initial consultation or follow-up visit. Learn more about this secure HIPAA-compliant service.

boy having cardiac imaging.

Contact Us

If you are seeking additional support for the procedures listed above or support for your child with any of the following procedures barium enema, modified barium swallow study, MR Urogram, Nuclear Cystogram, PET scan please contact the child life specialist on the radiology unit.