Our newest technology

CHKD's state-of-the-art 3T MRI

CHKD's new 3 Tesla MRI scanner can produce enhanced images of extremely small structures in the foot or hand, can produce detailed images of soft tissue damage such as lesions in the cartilage, can assist in diagnosing some spine injuries, and can produce images of brain structures to help diagnose conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

MRI scanners use radio frequencies and a powerful magnetic field -- not radiation -- to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other body structures.

What’s just as important, this new 3T MRI scanner will provide something to benefit all children requiring imaging at CHKD: It will give the hospital two MRIs and reduce wait times that have been increasing over the years as the use of MRIs has increased.

Ultrasound accredited facility - CHKD MRI - CHKD Nuclear Medicine accredited facility - CHKD

Radiology/Imaging:
Child-Friendly, Safe and Convenient

Even if it’s a simple chest X-ray, CHKD offers six distinct advantages that are important to you and your child. With same-day scheduling, several walk-in options, and five radiology locations around the region, we’ve made convenience a priority for today’s busy families.

Once you’re here, you’ll find that we treat children with kid gloves, both physically and emotionally.

Imaging equipment can be intimidating, so we take the time to make children comfortable and teach them about each step of a test. Gaining your child's confidence makes the process easier for both of you.


The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging - We pledge to image gently.

Your child’s safety is also very important to us. For every test, we use the lowest possible radiation dose based on each child’s age and size. And we follow the Image Gently guidelines established in 2008 by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging.

Learn more about the Image Gently campaign and what parents should know here.

Children Need Pediatric Radiologists

All four of our radiologists are board-certified and hold certificates of added qualifications (CAQ) in pediatric radiology. You can be assured that one of them reads every single image, whether created at the main hospital or a CHKD Health Center.

Dr. David Kushner
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Dr. Susanne Grasso
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Dr. John Conery
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Why is this important? Pediatric radiologists are specially trained to understand the unique needs of children, parents and pediatricians in the diagnostic process.

Along with a degree from a medical school, pediatric radiologists have one year or more of clinical medicine training, four years of training in diagnostic radiology, and one or more additional years of training in the diagnosis of infants, children and adolescents using imaging equipment.

That extra training makes them uniquely qualified to read pediatric diagnostic images like X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. And all of our equipment, procedures and staff members are oriented to children’s special needs.

Our department is led by radiology director and radiation safety officer Dr. David Kushner, who trained at Harvard University, Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston and the National Institutes of Health. His expertise also includes teaching radiology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Susanne Grasso trained at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the National Institutes of Health and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Along with serving children at CHKD, she is also an assistant professor of pediatrics and assistant professor in the radiology department at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. Jennifer Rush trained at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. In addition to her work with children at CHKD, she is an assistant professor in the radiology department of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Dr. John Conery trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before joining CHKD, he was a pediatric radiologist in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth.

Radiology/Imaging Services

Even if it’s a simple chest X-ray, CHKD offers distinct advantages that are important to you and your child. With same-day scheduling, several walk-in options, and five radiology locations around the region, we’ve made convenience a priority for today’s busy families.

The following are the most common procedures that we offer.

Locations and Hours

To schedule an appointment for any location, call (757) 668-7251 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. When your child’s appointment is scheduled, any special preparation or instructions for the procedure will be provided at that time. For emergencies, all imaging procedures are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CHKD Main Hospital  Appointment Hours
Diagnostic X-ray Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
No appointment necessary.
Bone Density Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CT Scan Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fluoroscopic Procedures Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
MRI Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nuclear Medicine Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ultrasound Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

By Location  Appointment Hours
Health Center at Kempsville
Building B
X-ray - Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
No appointment necessary for diagnostic X-ray.
Health Center at Burnetts Way X-ray - Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
No appointment necessary for diagnostic X-ray.
Health Center at Oakbrooke X-ray - Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
No appointment necessary for diagnostic X-ray.
Ultrasound - Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call (757) 668-7251 for an appointment.
Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point X-ray - Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
No appointment necessary for diagnostic X-ray.
MRI - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. by appointment for non-contrast/non sedation. Call (757) 668-7251 for an appointment and more information.
Ultrasound - Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call (757) 668-7251 for an appointment.
Health and Surgery Center at Princess Anne X-ray - Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
No appointment necessary for diagnostic X-ray.
MRI - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Contrast and anesthesia studies available. Call (757) 668-7251 for an appointment and further information.
Ultrasound - Mon-Fri 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Call (757) 668-7251 for an appointment.

Physician’s Order for Diagnostic Procedures

All diagnostic/imaging radiology procedures require a physician’s order. Insurance companies may further require pre-approval of the procedure. In these cases, the ordering physician’s office will obtain an authorization from the insurance company before scheduling the procedure.

Radiology Physician Order Forms

Below are physician order form templates that can be individualized by the physician practice for ordering CHKDHS diagnostic imaging procedures.

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