Hi my name is Matteo and I'm here at the Royal Children's Hospital to have some dental X-rays.
This means I'll have photos taken of my teeth and jaw and another of the sides of my face.
After we check in at reception, Sharon, the radiographer shows us into the X-ray room.
Sharon asks mum to wear a lead apron so mum can stay with me while I'm having my
X-ray. The lead apron blocks the camera from taking photos of mum. The room has
lots of different equipment in it but we'll only be using this camera here. I
think it kind of looks like an aeroplane and the X-ray cameras are on its wings.
Sharon said that if she was having an X-ray she would have to take off her earrings,
her glasses and her hair clips. That's because metal mucks up the photos. I'm
not wearing any metal so I don't have to take off anything. Sharon shows mum and
I the mouthpiece that I'll need to bite onto so the photos of my teeth will turn out well.
She puts a little blue cover over the top of the mouthpiece so I know it is clean.
Sharon then places the head supports around my head. This reminds me to keep my head still.
The camera is very close but it does not touch me or hurt me. Sharon shines some red lines on
my face. This helps Sharron find the center of my face so I'm in the right position for
the photos. Once this is done she turns the lights off. The camera turns around while it
takes my photo but it won't touch me at all. I t makes a soft humming noise as it moves.
My job is to stay still so the photos come out clearly. I also need to bite down and hold my
teeth together for the films. It only takes a few seconds and I don't feel anything at all.
"All done. You can step out. Well done. Now how easy with that!" Mum and I wait while Sharon gets
ready to take the other X-rays of the sides of my face. Sharon helps me get into the right position
in the other camera. It looks like a funny hat. Sharon put the three head measures around my
head. Two stay by my ears and one lines up with my nose. "What's really important for
these ones is that you stay biting on your teeth so that they're really close together". Sharon
goes out of the room to take the next photo. The camera moves close by but it does not touch me. I
stay very still. It only takes a few seconds and again I don't feel anything. That's it!
The X-rays are finished. Mum takes off her lead apron and we're ready to go home. Thanks Sharon.