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Neuroimaging is dedicated to the evaluation of the brain, spine, head, and neck area. Children’s National has four specialized pediatric neuroradiologists who design the best imaging study for a child, monitor the performance of the study, interpret the images, and report the results to the referring physician. This test is only performed at Children's National Medical Center-Main Hospital location.

Evaluating and diagnosing disorders of the nervous system can be very complicated. Many of the same symptoms occur in different combinations among the different disorders. To further complicate the diagnostic process, many disorders do not have definitive causes, markers, or tests.

Available neuroimaging techniques include:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Arteriogram (including interventional procedures)— also called angiogram, is an invasive procedure that provides pictures of vessels( arteries and veins) in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Fluoroscopy guided lumbar puncture—used to obtain cerebrospinal fluid and examine it for signs of infection and measure the pressure in the central nervous system. Occasionally, imaging guidance may be required to perform this procedure because the patient may be large or have a spinal deformity. In those cases a neuroradiologist will perform the procedure using an x-ray tube to visualize the bones of the spine.
  • Ultrasound

Children’s specialty exams include:
  • Temporal bone studies for hearing impairment
  • Temporomandibular joint evaluations
  • Fetal Imaging
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • MRI spectroscopy
  • MRI tractography
  • CT and MRI angiogram

Neuroimaging - Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center