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Nuclear Medicine Program



Children’s National Medical Center has a long history of providing subspecialty care in nuclear medicine, with one of the largest volumes of pediatric nuclear medicine procedures in the country.

Children’s nuclear medicine team is composed of world-renowned leaders in nuclear medicine. Massoud Majd, MD, recognized by U.S.News and World Report as one of the nation’s top doctors, is one of the founders of pediatric nuclear medicine and a world authority on renal scanning. Our other technologists are Eglal Shalaby-Rana, MD, and Pranav Vyas, MD, who combined offer more than 30 years of experience.

How Nuclear Medicine is Helpful
Nuclear medicine is sometimes a better test in the diagnoses and treatment of certain conditions compared to other imaging techniques. However, nuclear medicine scans are usually performed in combination with other imaging tests and procedures, such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

In nuclear medicine, nuclear radiologists place an energy source (a radioactive substance) inside the body, usually through an IV injection. All radioactive substances emit energy, such as gamma rays or gamma radiation. Using special cameras, Children’s technologists can take a picture of the gamma rays to see how the body absorbs, reflects, and scatters the energy inside the body.

The program offers specially designed pediatric equipment as well as nuclear medicine technologists with the expertise to safely care for smaller, younger patients. Our dedicated team obtains high-quality images using the minimum amount of radiation and sedation.

The people and personal attention are what make Children’s National unique. Nuclear medicine is non-invasive and painless, but we still make sure you and your child are assured through every stage of a procedure. You can even stay with your child during the scan.

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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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