Florida Hospital for Children provides full-service pediatric imaging, from general X-ray services to the latest in CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear imaging technologies for medical imaging purposes.
We understand that imaging can be a frightening prospect to a young child or even a parent. Our imaging department is made up of a team of physicians, pediatric technologists,
child life specialists and pediatric nursing staff who are all committed to providing excellent care for our littlest patients. Each of our radiologists are specially trained and qualified in pediatric radiology, so they can accurately analyze and interpret the images of our young patients.
Child Life Information
Florida Hospital for Children and FRi – Diagnostic Imaging offers a full range of screening and diagnostic services including:
Computer Tomography (CT) Scan
A CT scan is a non-invasive medical procedure used to help diagnose and treat medical conditions. It combines the use of high-tech computer systems and X-rays to obtain specialized images of your brain, organs and/or bones. CT scans provide greater clarity and reveal more detail than X-rays alone, which is why they are beneficial for medical diagnosis and treatment. They are painless, fast and easy. Scanners are open on both sides, putting many claustrophobic patients at ease.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test used by physicians to diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio-frequency pulses and a high-tech computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissue, bone and most internal body structures. There is no exposure to radiation during a MRI exam. It is among the safest and most versatile imaging methods available. Every MRI exam is different, but they usually last about an hour. Because an MRI uses magnets, all metal objects must be removed from your child’s clothing, hair and pockets before the exam. With our Picture Perfect program, we bring the opportunity for your child to practice an MRI prior to their appointment. Our team of experts work hand-in-hand with your child to help minimize anxiety and help them successfully cope with their upcoming MRI exam - reducing the need for anesthesia.
Ultrasound exams – also called sonograms – help doctors to view the appearance of organs or organ systems in the body. Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves that cannot be heard by the human ear. It does not use radiation and is completely safe. Certain ultrasound exams require preparation. If needed, this prep will be given to you at the time of scheduling for your child’s exam.
X-rays are invisible beams of ionizing radiation that pass through the body to create two-dimensional images of your organs. There are two different types of X-ray procedures – standard X-ray exams and fluoroscopy studies.
A standard X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body – particularly, bones. A fluoroscopy study takes several images in a sequence. A contrast material is often used to trace the path in the body. This contrast material allows the pediatric radiologist to study particular areas of interest in order to make a more accurate diagnosis.
Nuclear medicine is a special branch of imaging that uses tiny amounts of radioactive substances called radiotracers to diagnose disease and evaluate functions within the body. Taken orally or by intravenous (IV) injection, radiotracers accumulate in targeted organs or tissue where they give off energy that can be captured by a gamma camera.