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Diagnostic Imaging: information for families

It is very important that you let us know:

  • If the patient is asthmatic or has had an allergic reaction to the radiological contrast agent, drugs or food.
  • If the patient is receiving any treatment.
  • If the patient experiences persistent dizziness or vomiting and fever hours after anaesthesia. In this case, notify the hospital as soon as possible.
  • If you are a woman and you think that you could be pregnant.

Below are a number of warnings and tips for families that will be useful to you if your child has to undergo diagnostic imaging tests.

Does my son or daughter need any special preparation for the test?

Some diagnostic tests require that children fast or are administered some type of anesthesia. The Hospital staff will inform you if there are any specific instructions for the medical examination which the child will undergo. It is necessary to follow the instructions for all tests involving sedation. If you have any doubt, contact the Diagnostic Imaging Area.

Under what circumstances should my child fast?

Your child must fast whenever the test he or she is scheduled for requires sedation or anesthesia. In some cases it will be necessary to perform some types of scans or CT scans, abdominal ultrasounds or brain magnetic resonance imaging in infants. The hours of fasting depend on the test and the child's age. You can ask for the specific instructions for each medical examination or contact the Diagnostic Imaging Area.

When does anesthesia have to be administered?

In some cases the patient has to be still, so it is necessary to immobilise the patient or administer some type of anesthesia or outpatient sedation. In general, this measure is necessary in younger patients and is not administered to collaborative or older patients.

Can I accompany my child during the test?

In general, a family member may accompany the patient in the room where the test is to be performed, unless the patient is already sedated or the type of procedure advises against the presence of the mother, father or companion.