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Radiology (Referral)


Radiology Department

Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street

Temple Street

Dublin 1

Tel: (01)878 4119

(Please note: Phone lines are open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday only)


Services Provided

The Radiology department in CHI at Temple St. provides a comprehensive paediatric Radiology and diagnostic imaging service, and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of paediatric Radiologists, Radiographers, Administrative staff, Nursing staff, Healthcare and Radiography Assistants, along with Medical Physicists. The team works collaboratively to support many hospital departments like ICU, Theatre, Emergency Department and Outpatients, and provides a dedicated and quality imaging service to children and families both locally and nationally.

In 2019, Children’s Health Ireland implemented NIMIS – a shared, integrated image management system to support sharing and transfer of images and scans across all CHI sites, as well as linking with hospitals on a national scale, allowing for enhanced paediatric patient care.

The following diagnostic imaging services are provided:

  • General X-ray
  • Dental OPG/Lateral Cephalometry
  • Ultrasound
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Paediatric Interventional Radiology

Opening Hours

The Radiology Department is open Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm for General X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Fluoroscopy and Paediatric Interventional Radiology.

(Phone lines are open for general queries and confirmations between the hours of 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.)

There is a 24 hour on-call service for the Emergency Department and hospital in-patients.

General X-Ray Appointments:

For children with a referral letter for general X-ray from their GP, please call the Radiology Department between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, to book an appointment (01 878 4119). Alternatively you can email with an attached referral letter.

Unfortunately at this time we cannot accept walk-in patients with GP referrals for general X-ray, however every effort is made to offer the soonest appointment slot to your child.

Please ensure you bring a copy of your GP referral letter with you on the day of your X-ray appointment if not already posted to us previously, if you emailed the referral in, please bring in the original copy of the referral as well as it still may be required.

Ultrasound Appointments:

For children with a referral for an Ultrasound scan from their GP, please post or email the referral letter as an attachment to . The referral will be triaged and vetted by our Consultant Radiologists or Sonography team and following this process, an appointment slot will be allocated based on urgency of clinical need.

Please note that although demand on our paediatric Ultrasound service is high, we aim to offer your child the soonest and most appropriate appointment slot possible.


CT/MRI/Nuclear Medicine/Fluoroscopy Scan Appointments:

Referrals for CT/MRI/NM or Fluoroscopy exams are only accepted from consultants. If we have received a referral from your consultant for a CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine or Fluoroscopy scan for your child, the referral will be vetted by our Consultant Radiologists or Radiography team, and an appointment will be given based on urgency of clinical need.


Information for Referrers:

All Referrers are advised and encouraged to utilise the iRefer guidelines ‘Making the Best Use of Clinical Radiology’, published by the Royal College of Radiologists, and available here (Please click ‘log on automatically’), when referring for imaging examinations at CHI at Temple St.  It is a synthesis of evidence-based guidelines from UK and international sources and provides recommendations for everyday use of clinical imaging services. Referral guidelines help referrers to request the best, safest and most valuable imaging investigations, facilitating more expedient authorisation and justification.

There is a specific section on paediatric imaging also available here.

Please note that X-rays of the nasal bones to outrule fracture are not performed in the CHI TS Radiology Department, in line with the iRefer guidelines. 

The Radiology Department accepts referrals from General Practitioners for general radiography (x-rays of chest, pelvis, spine, limbs etc.) and for Ultrasound scans. Referrals sent by email to must have a signed and dated referral letter attached. Referrals via Healthlink are not possible at this time.

MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and Fluoroscopy scan referrals are only accepted from Consultant Physicians

Dental radiography (OPG and Lateral Cephalometry) referrals from Dentists and Orthodontists are accepted.

A Parent or Guardian must attend the Radiology Department with any child referred for any diagnostic imaging examination at Temple St.


Radiation Protection for Referrers:

Irish legislation (SI 256 of 2018) demands that all female patients of reproductive capacity undergoing radiation exposure, that may include the foetus, be questioned about the possibility of pregnancy. If you are referring a female patient over 12 years of age for imaging, please be aware that the Radiology Department applies the 10 and 28 day LMP rules for the following examinations:

The 10 Day Rule

Specified radiological examinations which have the potential to deliver radiation doses of >10mGy to the foetus should only be carried out within 10 days of the onset of menstruation.

Exams where the 10 day rule is applied are listed below.

The 28 Day Rule

Specified radiological examinations which normally deliver radiation doses of <10mGy to the foetus may be carried out within 28 days of the onset of menstruation.

Exams where the 28 day rule is applied are listed below.



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