Radiology Why Choose Us

You've heard it before - a picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is that more true than in medicine. Medical imaging - X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, MRI - is a cornerstone of modern medical practice.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has 26 board-certified radiologists and five nuclear medicine specialists on staff, more than any hospital in the area. All radiologists have completed fellowship training in specific areas of expertise, such as MRI, CT, ultrasound or mammography; nuclear medicine is a specialty area of its own. Hospital Center technologists are licensed in their specialty areas and undergo continual on-the-job training. 

Once a diagnosis is made, patients may be referred to an appropriate specialist for care. The Hospital Center has the largest medical staff in the area. Our physicians routinely are named among the best in their chosen fields of expertise and are known for their spirit of collaboration and their patient-centered approach to care. We have established networks of physicians who have experience working together toward a common goal.

All this adds up to the best results. As a patient, you want to be sure that images are accurately captured, interpreted, disseminated and acted upon. It can make THE difference to a positive outcome.

Radiology Services

Imaging services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center include:

Imaging Technology

Imaging technology is growing by leaps and bounds. The Hospital Center has the newest technologies which offer the most detailed views in the least amount of time:

  • 256-slice iCT scanner - Newly installed at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, this scanner uses advanced technology to produce clear and detailed images of fast moving organs like the heart.
  • 64-slice CT scanner - takes twice as many images as a conventional CT scanner; faster images show more detail with less motion; faster images cover larger area while contrast dye is still circulating
  • 3T MRI - magnet that is twice as strong as the conventional MRI; shows more detail in less time; especially useful for imaging blood vessels in the brain
  • 3D color ultrasound - three-dimensional technology rather than the conventional two-dimensional picture; allows greater image selection for more precise diagnosis of abnormalities
  • Digital mammography - creates digitized pictures rather than conventional film views; improved detection of abnormalities especially in dense breasts
  • Stat X-ray scanner - takes head-to-toe x-ray image in 13 seconds; one of only a handful in the U.S.; especially useful for fast evaluation of trauma patients
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) - shows metabolic activity in the body; can help physicians detect alterations in biochemical processes that suggest disease before changes in anatomy are apparent with other imaging such as CT or MRI.

Sophisticated Information Technology

After images have been taken and interpreted, results need to be communicated accurately and promptly. The Hospital Center has a state-of-the-art three-dimensional PACS system (Picture Archive and Communications System) which allows physicians to view images at terminals throughout the hospital and in their offices. It also allows physicians to compare new images with previous images from any angle.

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