After a Car Accident, See an Imaging Doctor at Gateway Radiology, Conveniently Located in the St. Petersburg, FL, Area

No one ever expects to be involved in a car accident, so the experience can be shocking and traumatic. Moreover, even a slight fender bender can cause damage and micro-injuries to the body that may not appear for days or sometimes weeks later. For this reason, it’s important to get checked out by your doctor after a car accident. If she or he feels it is necessary, then you may be referred to a diagnostic imaging specialist. And, if you want to ensure that you receive the best care in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area, then visit Gateway Radiology.

Personal Injury Imaging Services

At Gateway Radiology, our board-certified radiologists perform diagnostic imaging – from digital X-rays and ultrasounds to MRI scans – that will help determine whether you’ve suffered injuries. The most common auto accident injuries that we diagnose and treat include mild traumatic brain injuries and alar/transverse ligament injuries (also known as whiplash).

We are focused solely on patient care and are dedicated to ensuring that you have a pleasant experience with us. In addition to providing expert care, we’ve designed our services to help you save time and money. We start appointments promptly, offer transparent billing, and clearly explain how to make payments before any procedure is performed.

If you’ve been in a car accident, then don’t delay seeing a doctor. Get in touch with us at Gateway Radiology, and schedule an imaging appointment today. We have offices conveniently located in both St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: AKA Concussion or Minor Head Trauma

Defined as the result of the forceful motion of the head or impact causing a brief change in mental status (Confusion, disorientation or loss of memory) or loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes.

Common Symptoms


  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Memory Loss
  • Poor Attention/Concentration
  • Getting lost or confused
  • Mood Changes
  • Slowness in thinking
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Irritability-emotional disturbances
  • Feeling of depression
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Loss of smell
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds

These symptoms may not be present or noticed at the time of injury. They may be delayed days or weeks before they appear. The symptoms are often subtle and are often missed by the injured person, family and doctors.



Alar / Transverse Ligament Injury: AKA Whiplash

Alar ligaments are short, tough, fibrous cords that attach the skull to C1 vertebra and function to check side-to-side movements of the head when it is turned. The transverse ligament limits the motion of the 1st cervical vertebrae and the 2nd cervical vertebrae. If the head is turned during a rear-end collision, this ligament can be stretched or torn, resulting in chronic pain and loss of neck function.


Common Symptoms:

  • Neck pain
  • Delayed neck stiffness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Burning
  • Memory loss
  • Concentration impairment
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

With the help of our high resolution 3T MRI and a specialized cervical axis imaging protocol these injuries can now be objectively documented.

If your client presents the symptoms listed above: Request the Cervical Axis Protocol

Release of Medical Record Forms:

Record Release for Patient Pick up at GR

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Record release to Gateway Rep

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HIPAA Compliant Authorization

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