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New Molecular Imaging Center Opens at Children's National

December 10, 2018
A patient awaits examination in the molecular imaging center

The Children’s National Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) provides families with a calming, welcoming space that offers the most advanced imaging. With safer, more precise imaging for our patients, we are improving the quality of services delivered and optimizing outcomes for children.

The transformative space features cutting-edge molecular imaging technologies and the latest state-of-the-art equipment including a SPECT/CT scanner and a dual-head gamma camera. This new equipment provides high resolution molecular imaging scans that allow for more precise diagnosis with fusion of low dose CT.

The team also has the ability to perform diagnostic CT scans on the same scanner used for molecular imaging, thus decreasing sedation time and eliminating the need to transport patients while sedated, which ensures a safer and more comfortable experience. The MIC also features new advanced imaging software that performs multimodality fusion of molecular imaging data with CT and MRI studies, as well as 3D rendering and tracking over time.

Due to the nature of molecular imaging techniques, the décor of the MIC features bioluminescence as a continuation of the underwater themes found in the PULSE Center of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology. The wall images and interior elements are intentionally designed to provide both positive distraction and a calming effect for our patients, families and staff.

For more information or to refer a patient to Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, call 202-476-4700.