Children’s National Receives Accreditation for Imaging Services June 06, 2012

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for its imaging services as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The award covers MRI, ultrasound, CT, and nuclear medicine, all part of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology.

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.

“We’re honored to be a part of an elite group of providers to receive this distinction for safety and quality of our imaging facilities,” said Raymond Sze, MD, Chief of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology. “We have a longstanding commitment to safety, which is particularly important for children and their developing systems.”

Children’s National MRI equipment is state-of-the-art and includes a wide bore 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner with a larger opening to help make patients more comfortable and a 3 Tesla (3T) MRI , the gold standard for both functional brain imaging and musculoskeletal exams. Children’s National CT equipment has dose-reduction capabilities, and a team of pediatric radiologists who ensure the lowest possible radiation dose (exposure) is used for all patients.

Children’s National has two facilities with imaging services to meet the needs of children and families. In November, Children’s opened a new facility in Rockville, MD, bringing state-of-the-art imaging closer to families in Maryland and Virginia.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

Contact: Emily Dammeyer or Paula Darte, Public Relations: 202-476-4500

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Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children��s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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