Skeletal survey x ray (1311)

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Your child’s skeletal survey is scheduled for (date) ______________ at (time) __________, in the Imaging (Radiology) Department at:

Children’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee. When you get to the hospital, stop at a Welcome Desk for directions and a badge. 

What is a skeletal survey?skeletal x ray

A skeletal survey is a set of x-rays that looks at the major bones of the body. It includes the skull, arms, legs, ribs, spine, pelvis, hands and feet. The x-rays look for any problems with your child’s bones. The number of x-rays will depend on the age of the child.   

What happens before the x-ray?

When you come to Imaging, someone will greet you. Your child will put on a hospital gown and robe. Then you will wait in the waiting area. A person skilled in taking x-rays, called a technologist, will talk with you about the test. Please be sure to ask any questions you have.

Special instructions

Note:  The small risk of radiation is greatly outweighed by the information gained from the x-ray.


Your healthcare provider will get the results of the test within 24 hours. The provider will contact you if further follow-up is needed.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.