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A pediatric chest x-ray is a non-invasive procedure that provides a picture of a child's heart, lungs and bones in the chest. It shows the location, size and shape of the heart, lungs and blood vessels; it can also show a doctor if there is fluid in the lungs.
A chest x-ray can be useful in the diagnosis of pneumonia, tumors, collapsed lung, congestive heart failure and rib fractures. It does not, however, show any of the inside structures of the heart.
Having an x-ray taken is quick and painless. If your child is an outpatient, the x-ray is done in the Radiology department. If your child is staying at Children’s Hospital Colorado, portable x-ray machines are sometimes brought to your child so that he does not have to be moved.