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Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology


Children’s National Imaging at the Montgomery County Outpatient Center The Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology has a team of expert physicians, board-certified pediatric radiologists, technologists, pediatric anesthesiologists, and nurses, specially trained to provide pediatric radiology services for infants, children, and adolescents. Services are offered at the main hospital location as well as the new Outpatient Imaging Center at the Montgomery County Regional Outpatient Center.



Division Services
We provide the highest level of care is the safest possible environment for your child. Though radiology exams for adults and children generally share the same name, pediatric patients require a different approach.

Children’s patient and family-centered facility has the most advanced radiology equipment in an environment designed for children, and our pediatric radiologists use the lowest radiation dose possible to obtain excellent image quality.

Our equipment is state-of-the-art and includes a wide bore 3 Tesla MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner with a larger opening to help make patients more comfortable.

Children’s National also has the gold standard for functional brain imaging. The technology allows for faster scans while still generating high quality, detailed images, particularly valuable for our small patients.

Our imaging and radiology services include:
  • CT Scan (computerized tomography)
  • Cardiac imaging
  • DEXA-scan (bone scan)
  • Diagnostic X-rays
  • Fetal MRI and ultrasound
  • Fluoroscopy
  • MRI
  • Neuroimaging
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Orthopaedic imaging
  • PET scan (positron emission tomography)
  • PET/ CT scan
  • Rheumatology imaging
  • Ultrasound

  • MR-I Can Do It

    A special program available Children’s National Medical Center…

    A special program created by Children’s National Medical Center, MR-I Can Do It helps children ages six and older prepare for a magnetic resonance imaging exam (MRI) without sedation. Before your child’s MRI, dedicated Child Life Specialists from the Division of Imaging and Radiology teach you and your child about the test, about the equipment and the sounds the machine makes, how to get ready, and what happens during the scan. Read More...



    Our Specialists
    Children's National Imaging offers a specialized staff, full-time Child Life Specialist, Spanish-speaking receptionist, state-of-the-art equipment, walk-in X-rays, and adventure-themed rooms. When a procedure, such as a MRI, requires sedation, Children’s National is the only hospital in the Washington, DC, area that guarantees your child’s anesthesia is administered by a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist at any time of the day or night – 24/7. Pediatric anesthesiologists are physicians who complete specialized fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia, training beyond the regular course of instruction for an anesthesiologist.

    Children’s National also has one of the few radiology programs in the United States with physicists on staff. Our physicists confirm patient safety through careful monitoring of all equipment. A physicist supervises radiation safety on all X-ray machines, and answers parents’ questions about the radiation dose for an exam. Another physicist is solely dedicated to MRI, ensuring safe and effective application of the MRI technique.

    Other members of the division’s highly skilled team include:
    • Pediatric physicians board-certified by the American Board of Radiology with additional qualifications in surgical (interventional), fetal, cardiac, and neurological radiology
    • Nurses trained to care for the unique health needs of younger radiology patients
    • Technologists who know how to reduce a child’s anxiety while they perform a procedure
    • Administrative staff who ensure test results are provided quickly to your child’s physician


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    ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation

    David Wessel, MD, Senior Vice President of the Center for Hospital-Based Specialties and Raymond Sze, MD, Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology are pleased to announce that the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Commission on Quality and Safety has granted accreditation to the following diagnostic imaging programs:
    -MRI
    -Ultrasound
    -Computed Tomography
    -Nuclear Medicine

    Attaining the ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation is an arduous process that involves submission of physician and staff credentials, safety policies, detailed quality assurance records for each scanner, radiation dose calibrations for the ionizing radiation-producing scanners, and multiple samples of actual clinical images from each scanner. All data and images submitted are analyzed by a group of expert radiologists and medical imaging physicists who determine if the site meets the highest standards of quality and safety.

    Children’s Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology (Sheik Zayed campus location) achieved this high honor and is now ACR Accredited for a 3-year term. Congratulations to the faculty and staff for their commitment to high quality patient care, patient safety, and overall excellence in imaging.

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