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Radical Children’s Radiology

Back to school season is upon us, which means after school sports and activities will soon be underway. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 3.2 million kids under ages 14 receive medical treatment for sports and after school related injuries each year, with over 200,000 of those children injuring themselves on playground equipment resulting in broken bones, and 400,000 brain injuries including concussions. When your child has a broken bone or a concussion, or even just bruised tissue, your doctor might suggest an MRI, PET scan, or CT scan.

With all of the medical jargon, it might be confusing to know what the purpose of each scan is, and what the best and safest choice is for your child. Here is a quick breakdown:

Tampa Bay Parenting August 2014 PETCT Scanner
PET/CT Scanner
  • A PET scan, or Positron Emission Tomography, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging and is most commonly used to detect heart problems, brain injuries, and other central nervous system issues by showing metabolic or chemical activity in the body.
  • A CT scan, or Computerized Tomography, uses x-rays to take detailed pictures of structures inside of the body, and is used for chest, belly, pelvis, arms, legs, broken bones, and internal organ injuries.

    Tampa Bay Parenting August 2014 MRI Machine
    MRI Machine
  • An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, uses magnetic fields and radio waves to form images without exposure to ionizing radiation, and is commonly used for injuries to the heart, brain, and spine.

Each scan emits a different amount or type of radiation, which you may be concerned are harmful for your children. Typically, a CT scan has the least amount of radiation, while an MRI will not expose your child to ionizing radiation. There are also different types of advanced scanning equipment, such as the Siemen’s 16- Slice CT scanner used at Tower Radiology, which greatly reduce radiation exposure to keep your child safe and comfortable. Tower’s radiologists also strive to reduce the amount of radiation to your child by scanning only when necessary.

After school sports and activities may cause injuries, but they don’t have to cause confusion. With knowledge and the right radiology professionals, your child will be back to playing in no time.

Tower Radiology Centers practice has been Tampa’s most trusted since 1970. As the leader in outpatient radiology services throughout the Tampa Bay area, they are dedicated to the highest quality patient care utilizing state-of-the-art technology and recruiting highly trained radiologists. Their highly trained board-certified subspecialty radiologists provide unparalleled experience in outpatient diagnostic radiology, with specific training in Neuroradiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neurointerventional RadiologyNuclear Medicine, High Resolution CT, Ultrasound, High Field and Open MRI, Women’s Imaging, Pediatric Radiology, Cardiothoracic Imaging, and Musculoskeletal Radiology.

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