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Bone Age X-Ray

What is a Bone Age X-Ray?

A bone age is an x-ray (picture) of the left hand and wrist. The x-ray shows us how old the body thinks it is compared to how old it really is. The provider can tell from the x-ray how much time a child has left to grow.

Before the X-ray

There are no food or drink limits. Your child may wear whatever they are comfortable in to the test. The x-ray will take just a few minutes to complete.

A bone age is ordered by the provider during your child's visit and is taken that same day. No appointment is necessary.

During the X-ray

The bone age x-ray is taken in radiology. Your child will sit on a stool and wear a heavy "apron" that covers the front of the body. This "apron" will protect your child from radiation during the x-ray.

Your child will place their left hand on the x-ray machine with fingers spread. The technologist will shine a light on your child's hand to take the picture.

After the X-ray

Your provider will get the results of the x-ray and notify you. If your child has had additional tests done, your provider may wait until all results are received before deciding on a plan of care.

Last Updated 06/2023

Reviewed By Michelle Lawrence, RN IV
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