The Truth Behind This Baby Is Being Sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇᴅ Into a Glass Tube for a Good Reason

The Truth Behind This Baby Is Being Sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇᴅ Into a Glass Tube for a Good Reason 1

The Truth Behind This Baby Is Being Sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇᴅ Into a Glass Tube for a Good Reason

This baby got sᴛᴜᴄᴋ in a vase, too. And upon closer look, it does seem like this ᴠɪʀᴀʟ image is one of a baby trapped inside some kind of test tube. No image-editing has happened and the baby is perfectly fine. Well, they are not being ʜᴀʀᴍᴇᴅThe Truth Behind This Baby Is Being Sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇᴅ Into a Glass Tube for a Good Reason 2   What you’re seeing here is actually a pediatric X-ʀᴀʏ machine—with the unfortunate name of Pigg-O-Stat—and apparently, this thing is the go-to option ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ professionals use to X-ʀᴀʏ small children. Exposure to radiation at a very young age is a pretty solid concern for both ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ professionals and parents. Which is why getting a baby’s X-ʀᴀʏs taken quickly and ᴀᴄᴄᴜʀᴀᴛᴇʟʏ is super important. But it’s not always easy, given that infants are fairly unpredictable and like to wiggle around.

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That’s where the Pigg-O-Stat comes in. Described as “an all-in-one pediatric immobilization device designed for positioning infants and young children for an appropriate X-ʀᴀʏ without significant complications,” the machine gives the technicians in charge the best chance of capturing a great pic on the first shots. And fewer retakes mean less exposure to radiation for the beautiful baby. So it’s basically a win-win. But it still looks odd at best, which is why this picture was posted to Reddit with the simple caption “A baby getting an X-ʀᴀʏ looks hilarious” and why TikTok has pig-piled onto the cuteness of babies in Pigg-O-Stats.

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“That’s not an X-ʀᴀʏ,It’s a TSA screening. That baby forgot to take his keys out of his pocket.”” explained a third

“It might look ʜɪʟᴀʀɪᴏᴜs, ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ’s ᴀ ᴅᴀᴍɴ ʟɪFᴇ sᴀᴠᴇʀ,I use one every time I do a chest X-ʀᴀʏ on a baby. Its use is to immobilize the child so that they don’t wiggle around. It might look scary, but it saves me from repeating my images and excess radiation.”” said one. “

Is it hard for parents to watch?” added another. “Yes—it can be. But in all honesty, I’ve had just as many parents pull out their cell phones to take pics to share with friends and family as I have had parents who get emotional.

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Rad tech here,” offered a third. “As much as we’d love to still use those things, a lot of bigger ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟs ᴀʀᴇ ᴏᴜᴛʟᴀᴡɪɴɢ them. Apparently it’s just too intense for the parents to watch. I wish we could still use them however is because it reduces motion, which reduces repeat X-ʀᴀʏs, which reduces radiation exposure to the baby. Hell, I wish we could use them on adults too.”

And finally: “I’m an X-ʀᴀʏ tech,” said a fourth. “The disturbing fact: The more they cry the better the picture. Because their lungs are full of air in between screams….we are ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ peopleThe Truth Behind This Baby Is Being Sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇᴅ Into a Glass Tube for a Good Reason 6

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