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Cooper wants you to know that sometimes a CT scan is the best way for a doctor to tell if you are okay on the inside. Created & Written by Karen Olson

~ Special Acknowledgements ~ Peggy Adams, M.Ed., C.C.L.S., Coordinator, Child Life Program, Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center Connie Brandenburg, RTR, Diagnostic Radiologist, Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center Shirley Danley, ARRT, Advanced Imaging Center Carol M. Rumack, MD Julie A. Gregg, L.R.T. (R) (M) (CT), Lead Cat Scan Technologist, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Phillip Silberberg, M.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Diagnostic Radiology, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital James Funk, Chief Technologist, North Shore CT Centre

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y dog Bunker always chases squirrels, but he never catches them.

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atch me, Bunker. . . I’m a space explorer!


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I went too high and fell down. I hit my head really hard. Mom and Dad wanted me to go get checked by a doctor to

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om, Dad and I waited our turn to see the doctor. My head really hurt.

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fter a little while, they called my name because it was my turn to see the doctor. A nurse took us to a room to wait for the doctor. When he came in, we told him what happened. Then he gently checked my head and ears.


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nd then he shined a little light in my eyes. The doctor told us that I needed to get a CT scan so he could see if I hurt my head on the inside. He told me that a CT scan is a special kind of X-ray that takes pictures of the inside of your body. CT machines are big and are kept in hospitals and x-ray clinics.

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hile we waited, a lady asked my mom lots of questions.

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hen a nice lady called my name and said she was a CT “technologist�. She took me to the CT room and showed me everything. There was a table that looked like a bed and a big machine that looked like a giant donut.


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he showed me how the table goes up and down and back and forth to get the best pictures of my head. She told me that the big machine that looked like a donut was called a scanner.

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hen she helped me onto the table and asked me to lie down.

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he gently laid my head in a cradle that helped keep my head very still . . . I felt like I was wearing a space suit.

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I had fun . . . I made believe I was having a space adventure!

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ext, the technologist put a pillow under my legs to make me feel more comfortable.


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had a blue cover under me, then she placed one on top of me. She said it was going to feel a little heavy, but it wasn’t too heavy for ME!

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o help me hold still for the pictures, she put a really big belt around my chest, and a little belt around my head.

While she fixed the belts, I made believe that she was getting me ready for a trip into outer space. Three. . . Two. . .One. . . Blast Off!


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he had me close my eyes for just a second so she could line up the machine.

While she was working, I had fun thinking about what it would be like to soar through space.

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he told me I wouldn’t feel a thing! Then, she asked me to hold very still.


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he technologist went behind the glass wall while the machine took some pictures of my head. My Mom and Dad waited in the hall.

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he machine made a lot of noise. . . it sounded like my mom’s washing machine. But it was more fun to play like it was my rocket engine roaring.

The table moved inside the machine, just a little bit, to help get the best pictures of my head.


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he technologist thanked me for holding so still. I told her she was right . . . it didn’t hurt at all. She said they would take a few minutes to look at my pictures, and then they could decide if they needed to take any more.

The belt stayed on while I waited for the nurse. I pictured Mom, Dad, Bunker and me exploring asteroids and planets!

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hen she came back, the technologist told us that the pictures looked just fine, so we could go back to my doctor’s office.

My space adventure was fun but it was time to come back to earth . . . for a while.


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hen we returned to my doctor’s office, he told me that everything was going to be all right. He said my head would probably hurt for a while, and then I would feel just fine again. He told me not to climb quite so high next time!

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hen we got home, I told Bunker all about my space adventure. He didn’t need to know I really had a CT scan.

Can you remember what happened when I was in the CT room?


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