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Paediatric Radiology

What we do

The Paediatric Radiology Department is situated on the third floor of the hospital and offers a comprehensive service to inpatients, outpatients, emergency department patients and children referred by their GP.

Our specialities

Specialist in paediatric imaging.

Further information for patients

No appointments are required for general non-invasive studies, eg extremities, chest x-rays, etc.

Following an electronic (ICE) request, patients need to report to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children x-ray reception. If ICE is not available then patients should bring a completed request form with them. No appointments are required for general non-invasive studies, eg lumbar spine, chest x-rays.

Attendance times:

Monday - Friday between 9am - 12 midday and 2pm - 4pm.

By appointment

Appointments are required for all other procedures and imaging modalities as the request form must be agreed by a consultant paediatric radiologist. This is to enable appropriate preparation and/or patient scheduling to be arranged, according to priority and urgency.

For all radiological examinations requiring an appointment, whether general practitioner or consultant referral, the appointment is allocated following agreement and assignment of priority by a consultant paediatric radiologist. Therefore, it is not possible for appointments to be given to you immediately the referral is made. Subsequent appointments will be notified by post.

Your examination results

When you child has an imaging test it is important that the doctor who requested their tests acts on the results.
The examination will be conducted by a radiographer or a radiologist and a formal report issued to the referring GP or clinician by a radiologist.
Reports should be with the GP within ten working days. If you have not been told your child's results by your GP, contact the surgery and do not assume there is nothing you need to know or 'no news' means all is well.
For hospital referrals the results will be ready for the next hospital clinic visit.

Conditions we treated

The BRHC Paediatric Radiology Department provides a diagnostic imaging service for children up to and including 16 years.

Treatments offered

  • Barium meal - x-ray of upper bowel
  • Barium enema - x-ray of lower bowel
  • Cystogram - x-ray of bladder
  • CT (Computerised Tomography) - special type of x-ray in which the x-ray is connected to a computer which produces a cross-sectional image (performed at BRI)
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) - a strong magnetic field is used instead of x-rays to image the inside of the body (performed at BRI)
  • Plain x-rays - the most common examination performed.
  • Radioisotope examinations - a small amount of radioisotope is used to image specific areas of the body (performed at BRI).
  • Ultrasound - uses sound wave to produce image.

Contact us

Main Reception: 0117 342 8186

Referral information for clinicians