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Welcome to Dayton Children’s. The information in this handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about contrast material (dye). Feel free to ask the radiology technologist or the nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

Why is contrast material used?
Contrast material is used to help visualize body structures on x-ray pictures. What will my child feel during the administration of contrast? Some children describe a cold sensation in the limb where the contrast is infused. Some children describe a warm feeling all over their body. Some children complain of nausea. For this reason, we restrict food and drink prior to the exam.

What do I need to know about contrast material?
Special considerations should be taken for patients with certain medical conditions and/or patients taking certain medications. The x-ray staff will ask you about your child’s medical and medication history. Contrast material may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. If a reaction occurs, especially a severe one, it will usually present while your child is here at the hospital. In unusual instances, some minor reactions may occur after your child has left the hospital. Please watch your child over the next 24 hours for any of the following signs or symptoms:
*Hives (a red, blotchy rash that may be raised or look like welts. This rash may itch).
*Rash (on any part of the body)
*Any difficulty breathing

What should I do if my child has a reaction?
Please call Dayton Children’s radiology department at 937-641-3888 if you notice any of the above minor reactions. A nurse will be available until 6:30pm. After this time, please call your child’s doctor. If you are unable to reach your doctor, call or take your child to an emergency department. If your child has any difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. We need to know if your child had a reaction. Please call the radiology department the next day to let us know what happened. We need this information for your child’s medical record.

How do I take care of my child at home?
There are no restrictions after receiving contrast material. Give your child lots to drink today (water and juices are best). Your child may resume normal activities. For further questions about contrast material, please call Dayton Children’s Medical Imaging Department: 937-641-3888 or 1-800-228-4055.

PDF: Child Health Information - MEDICAL IMAGING MATERIAL

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Corregido: 2005

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2005


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