Physicists & Safety Officer

Our medical physicist and MRI physi​cist/safety officer are here to make sure our imaging procedures are safe and appropriate for kid​s, and that we maintain our high imaging standards.

The medical physicist makes sure all equipment is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). All medical imaging equipment at Lurie Children’s is optimized for kids before clinical use. They also lead an education program to educate hospital staff on the importance of radiation and MRI safety, as well as the best techniques for imaging children.

Our MRI physicist selects, sets up and optimizes MRI protocols, imaging quality assurance and control and MRI physics education. Our MRI physicist also serves as our MRI safety officer, responsible for leading the MRI safety program. The safety officer creates and implements safety policies, and trains all doctors and staff members in our MRI environment.

Since 2008, Jie Deng has served as our MRI physicist and MRI safety officer. She obtained her PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, with specialty in MRI technical development and clinical applications. She was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor in 2010 at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Deng also researches advanced MRI method development and clinical applications. She keeps pace with cutting-edge MRI techniques and publishes research in international, peer-reviewed journals. In fact, she was recently awarded grants for advanced pediatric MRI research.