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What to Expect: CT Scan

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Welcome! Here we go… for a CT Scan!

I am going to Connecticut Children’s to have a CT Scan. A CT Scan is a special machine that takes a picture of the inside of my body.

 

We will leave our car with the valet or in the parking garage.

 

First, we will go to the front desk. We will get stickers with our names to put on our clothes.

 

I will put the sticker on my shirt. My family will get a sticker too!

 

We will walk down the hall to Radiology (1J).

 

We are at Radiology! We will go to the check-in window. The receptionist will talk with my family and type information into the computer.

 

The receptionist will give me a bracelet to put on my wrist. The bracelet will have my name.

 

I will wait in the waiting room. I can play or watch TV while I am waiting.

 

The Radiology technologist will call my name. He will look at my bracelet and then bring me to the room. My family will go with me.

 

The room has a table and a big machine to take the picture.

 

The technologist will tell me what to do. I may need to change clothes for my CT Scan. This is okay. I will put my clothes back on when I am done. I will do my best to follow directions.

 

I need to lie on the table for my CT Scan. The technologist may put a heavy blanket on me. This is okay. It will feel like a heavy blanket. I will do my best to follow directions.

 

The table will move me into the big machine. The machine will not touch me. I will not feel them taking my picture. I need to stay very still.

 

The technologist will tell us when the CT Scan is done.

 

Getting a CT Scan is not so hard, I know just what to do!

 

This story is part of a series of stories originally developed in collaboration with Norah Johnson, of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and funded through a grant by Autism Speaks.

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