Improving Children’s Lives Through Innovative Imaging
The Department of Pediatric Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s premier imaging programs, with outstanding clinical care that encompasses the entire spectrum of pediatric radiology with subspecialty expertise in abdominal, cardiac, chest, fetal/neonatal, musculoskeletal, neuroimaging, nuclear medicine, and image guided diagnosis and therapy. Our mission is to improve children's lives through innovative imaging. Our culture of transparency, reflection, continuous learning, and shared responsibility to the institutional mission, and our focus on efficiency, quality and safety ensures the best possible care for your child.
Our Values and Vision
Two major philosophical considerations drive our mission. First, we understand that children are not small adults. Their physiology is different, from a 12-week embryo to a full-grown teenager. The diseases they get are different from those in adults. For our technology to meet the needs of pediatric patients, we have a group of experts who modify the hardware, create new software, adjust to motions related to breathing in children who cannot hold their breath, determine diagnostic accuracy in pediatric diseases, and create imaging biomarkers specific for pediatric disease.
Second, imaging in pediatric radiology departments has traditionally been qualitative, with a large emphasis on structural changes in the body, and less emphasis on physiologic changes. However, early disease, diffuse disease, metabolic or molecular manifestations of disease, and determining the functional significance of a structural finding are now at the forefront of imaging. Our clinical program has partnered with a network of collaborators interested in pediatric health to develop and implement novel imaging tools and imaging-based biomarkers specifically for children, which can provide quantitative signatures of pediatric disease.
Meet Our TeamOur radiology team is comprised of subspecialized trained physicians, technologists, and researchers to manage each specific patient need. Our areas of focus include abdominal imaging, cardiac imaging, fetal/neonatal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroimaging, nuclear medicine, and image-guided diagnosis and therapy.
Brent H. Adler, MD, is interim co-chief of the Department of Radiology and Section Chief of Body Imaging and Musculoskeletal Radiology in the Department of Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Medical University of Ohio.
Ellen Chung, MD, is interim co-chief of the Department of Radiology and associate radiologist in chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is a fellowship trained pediatric radiologist and the Associate Program Director for the Radiology Fellowship Program.
Adam Bobbey, MD, is chief of the Section of Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is a pediatric radiologist with further sub-specialty training in molecular imaging.
Mai-Lan Ho, MD, is director of the Advanced Neuroimaging Core, chair of the Asian Pacific American Network, and clinical associate professor of Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Jeremy Jones, MD, is Neuroradiology Section Chief in the Department of Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His interests include patient specific brain mapping in the setting of epilepsy and oncology with advanced MR techniques (fMRI, DTI), the MR assessment of CNS tumor response to treatment and its complications, imaging of CNS vascular disease, and application of motion insensitive MR sequences in unsedated children.
Leah Braswell, MD, is the Section Chief of Pediatric Interventional Radiology and the Program Director for the Pediatric Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Our outstanding clinical care spans the entire range of radiology subspecialties, including:
Our interventional radiology team has long been the national leaders of innovation in minimally invasive radiologic procedures for conditions such as Aneurysmal Bone Cysts, Dermoid Cyst Ablation, Lymphatic Malformation and Salivary Gland Ablation.
Our body imaging team is specifically trained in diagnosing diseases and disorders of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, and gastrointestinal tracts using the latest CT and MR technologies in the safest way possible.
Working closely with physicians in neuro-oncology and neurosurgery, our neuroradiologists provide comprehensive examination using the latest CT, PET-CT, and MRI equipment in a safe and comfortable environment for patients and their families.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose, determine the severity of disease, or treat a disease.
Resources for Professionals
The Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides broad experience in all aspects of pediatric radiology.
Find a list of commonly ordered procedures and download the complete outpatient procedure code list.
View presentations given by the Radiology staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The Columbus Pediatric Radiography Board is designed to assist imaging professionals in acquiring high quality, reproducible images in pediatric patients less than 3-4 years of age.
Access helpful documents and resources for your practice and your patients.
Resources for Researchers
The Imaging and Innovation Research Office (IRO) is a “one-stop-shop” for physicians and investigators seeking advanced imaging capabilities in support of their clinical and research needs.
The 3D Printing Lab provides personalized diagnostic and treatment solutions for clinicians and patients in a convenient and collaborative in-house setting. The lab uses a variety of imaging data sources to create patient-specific models of any internal anatomy or device that may be used in pre-surgical evaluation or simulation to determine the best management approach.
As an arm of the Imaging and Innovation Research office, the Pediatric Advanced Imaging Resource serves as a centralized service for image analysis using both FDA-approved and research-specific software packages is provided by skilled analysts.
The Children’s Imaging Biomarker Alliance (CIBA) aims to develop, validate, and integrate imaging biomarkers specific to pediatric disease across all pediatric specialties in the safest and most cost-effective way possible.
Inside the Section of Radiology
Meet Our Team
Our radiology team is comprised of subspecialized trained physicians, technologists, and researchers to manage each specific patient need.
Comprehensive pediatric medical imaging and interventional radiology services are provided on an outpatient or inpatient basis from birth through young adulthood.
X-ray Shielding FAQ
More than 50 years of research has shown that levels of radiation used in modern X-ray machines are so low that the risk of harm is very small or even zero. That’s why we are no longer using shields, sometimes called lead aprons, during X-ray exams. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.