Radiology & Neuroradiology
About Radiology at All Children's Hospital
The pediatric radiologists, interventional radiologists, neuroradiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, nurses, and technologists at AllChildren's Hospital are trained and experienced to complete radiology procedures on children of all ages. Our team is specially trained to work with kids and possesses the experience and know-how that results in safer, faster, and more accurate test results for your child. Our team uses X-rays, interventional radiology, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine tests to diagnose, and often treat a variety of medical conditions.
All of our equipment has been adapted for children. We strive for accurate and prompt diagnostic interpretation, cost effective and expert therapeutic intervention and the development of innovative techniques in pediatric radiology.
Imaging services are available at the Main Hospital and on an outpatient basis at the several All Children’s Outpatient Care Centers.
Imaging services available include:
- Computed Tomography (CT or CAT)
CT scans use X-rays generated from a source that is rotated around the body to create 3-dimensional pictures of the body. CT studies can provide critical information for the care of your child, but obtaining the images results in more radiation exposure for the study than a single X-ray.
Fluroscopy uses X-rays in conjunction with Contrast, a special liquid used to fill an organ so it is easier to see in the pictures. Both an upper GI and an upper GI small bowel follow through are types of fluoroscopy exams.
- General Radiography (X-ray)
The most basic form of medical imaging, General Radiography uses X-rays to create a fixed or still image of the inside of the body.
- Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology is the use of modern advanced imaging techniques during a procedure, which enables doctors to use less invasive treatments for many diseases.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a powerful magnet and radiofrequencies to produce 2-d or even 3-d images of the body. MRI can show tissues in the body that otherwise may only be seen through surgery.
- Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine is a powerful diagnostic technology. In a Nuclear Medicine study, doctors insert small amounts of radioactive materials into a patient to create detailed images of a portion of the patient's body.
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Positron Emission Tomography uses radiation to produce 3-dimensional color images of the functional processes within the human body.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the organs and soft tissues inside the body. These sound waves echo from the body to create an image in a computer.
Weekend appointments for MRI procedures are available at the main hospital. Hours are:
MRI: Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., without sedation
We have recently increased the number of available appointments, and patients can be accommodated within 48 hours or even the same day at the Main Campus.
Outpatient pediatric MRI and X-Ray services are available on the All Children's Hospital Main Campus and at All Children's Outpatient Care, Tampa.
Diagnostic X-Ray services are available at:
Call (727) 767-8497 for an appointment.
What is a Pediatric Radiologist?
A pediatric radiologist is an expert in the diagnosis of illnesses, injuries, and diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, using imaging techniques and equipment.
What Kind of Training do Pediatric Radiologists have?
Pediatric radiologists have the following formal training:
- A degree from a medical school.
- One year or more of clinical medicine training and 4 years of training in diagnostic radiology.
- One or more additional years of training in the diagnosis of infants and children using imaging equipment.
- Pediatric radiologists usually are certified by the American Board of Radiology and have additional certification in their subspecialty.
What do Pediatric Radiologists do?
Pediatric radiologists are experts in selecting the best imaging techniques to diagnose medical and surgical problems. Examples of imaging techniques include x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine. Pediatric radiologists make sure that testing is performed properly and safely. They also interpret the results of the test and make an appropriate diagnosis.
Pediatric radiologists work as part of a diagnostic team along with your pediatrician or pediatric specialist to provide the best possible care for your child.
We recognize the importance of creating a safe and comfortable environment for children and their families. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment has special pediatric features, and includes a full range of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services that are calibrated for safe use on infants, children, and adolescents. These precautions we take ensure your child is exposed to the lowest possible dose of radiation necessary to complete a diagnosis or procedure.