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UF Health Pediatric Cardiac MRI/CT Center at the University of Florida


1600 SW Archer Rd
Gainesville, Florida 32608
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Phone Numbers

Appointment (352) 265-7337

Hours of Operation

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Affecting an average of 1 in 100 babies, congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects. The UF Health Congenital Heart Center is among the leading centers in the state, region and nation for diagnosing, treating and monitoring children and adults with pediatric heart disease.

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In our congenital heart center, we predominantly use noninvasive measures – including pediatric cardiac MRI and cardiac CT scan – to diagnose a congenital heart defect. Noninvasive imaging ensures each patient is comfortable throughout the process.

Our interdisciplinary team at the Pediatric Cardiac MRI/CT Center at the University of Florida includes experts from our pediatric cardiology and radiology department working together. Our leading-edge diagnostic services are available to children not only in Florida, but throughout the country.

About us

Since 2002, the Pediatric Cardiac MRI/CT Center has provided diagnostic radiological services for children with congenital heart disease. Our team – including pediatric cardiologists, radiologists and cardiac technologists – has extensive experience and training in developing specialized, child-oriented diagnostic cardiac MRI/CT protocols.

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Our pediatric cardiac care team is made up of cardiothoracic surgeons and our subspecialized teams, including our transplant and adult congenital specialists. All of them rely on the diagnostic evaluation and information our center provides about its patients.

Although the majority of our patients come from Florida, we welcome the opportunity to provide our assistance to pediatric cardiac teams throughout the country, as well as overseas. We can also assist with accommodations and referral-related questions for patients who are not in our immediate area.

Patient care

Our mission is to provide leading-edge care in diagnosing children and adults with congenital heart disease, and to research advancements in diagnostic methods.

We are qualified and able to treat children with complex cardiac abnormalities, and multisystem disorders. We have successfully treated premature and low birth weight babies as well as adults with pediatric heart disease, including:

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  • Acyanotic heart defects, including ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, atrioventricular canal defects and coarctations
  • Cyanotic heart defects, including tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries, truncus arteriosus and tricuspid atresia
  • Cardiomyopathies and heart transplant patients
  • Postoperative patients, including patients who have had single-ventricle palliation such as the Glenn and Font
MRI Center patient


The focus of our research involves demonstrating the utility of a cardiac CT scan and MRI scan in diagnosing and managing a congenital heart defect, emphasizing the CT’s and MRI’s coverage of the smallest patients in the safest method. Our research includes publishing data on radiation exposure rates as well as case studies about unique cases.

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Covered by a Common Siemens Research Contract with University of Florida-Jacksonville, we have the ability to develop projects in conjunction with UF departments of radiology and physics.

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Meeting your health care needs

  • Medical Imaging Services

    UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.

  • Med to Bed

    Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.

  • Outpatient Lab Services

    Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.

  • Patient Blood Management

    Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.

  • Pharmacies

    Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.

  • UF Health Midwifery Group

    Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Caremail (Email Service)

    Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

  • Social Services

    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.

  • Virtual Care

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Virtual Visitation

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.