Message from the Section Chief

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Message from the Section Chief

Welcome, I hope you enjoy learning about pediatric imaging and our academic medical community. Pediatric imaging requires a combination of uniquely tailored techniques and specialized equipment to deliver the safest and most effective medical imaging to children, utilizing the lowest dose of radiation possible. In our pursuit of excellence, we pledge to continually offer the most appropriate state-of-the-art care in a compassionate and child-friendly environment. ~ Jacqueline Urbine, M.D.


Pediatric imaging is a subspecialty of radiology that provides a full range of imaging services for infants and children of all ages (up to age 18), including newborns. Imaging of the In utero developing fetus in pregnant women is also a part of this specialty. Our highly trained subspecialists use the latest in dedicated pediatric imaging equipment, including:

  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • Fluoroscopy

Our specialists have completed years of additional training in pediatric radiology and pediatric neuroradiology to provide expertise in diagnosis and image-guided treatment. They received their fellowship training from some of the most highly respected programs in the country including St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Pediatric imaging specialists perform patient studies at the VCU Health System, including various outpatient locations and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR).

The latest equipment and technology provide non-invasive imaging studies and image-guided procedures, including:

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Virtual MRI Tour

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU virtual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tour shows specially-trained medical imaging staff helping a child through his first MRI scan.

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Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Virtual MRI Tour
Virtual MRI Tour

Pediatric Imaging Safety

Some pediatric imaging studies, including computed tomography scans and fluoroscopy require the use of radiation. We incorporate and use the American College of Radiology (ACR) sanctioned “Image Gently” principles of using every possible means to decrease the level of radiation exposure in children from these studies. We use child-specific imaging protocols and specialized imaging software to enhance image quality while minimizing radiation doses. We monitor our pediatric computed tomography radiation doses and report to the ACR for quality assurance. Our radiation doses are at the lower end of reporting hospitals and similar to other larger, free-standing children’s hospitals.

Learn More About Our Safety Office

Journey to the Wonder Tower

Introducing the Wonder Tower—Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU's new home for inpatient and emergency care, specifically engineered for the unique needs of children.

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Journey to the Wonder Tower
Watch Video: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Wonder Tower

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU's Wonder Tower

Richmond, VA - February 2021 - Dr. Jacqueline Urbine, pediatric imaging specialist with the VCU Department of Radiology, shares the latest news about the Wonder Tower at Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU during a WTVR CBS 6 News Virginia This Morning segment. The new facility will replace the existing pediatric inpatient unit in downtown Richmond with private rooms, new operating rooms, state-of-the-art imaging capacity, emergency services and family amenities.

WTVR CBS 6 News Virginia This Morning
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU's Wonder Tower
Watch Dr. Urbine on Virginia This Morning