VA Releases Revised Guide to Radiology Design Standard

Veterans Affairs has issued a new, updated version of its Imaging Services Design Guide, bringing design guidance up-to-date with contemporary radiology equipment and clinical practice. The new version marries the three earlier guides into a comprehensive single guide that is free to download at

The guide includes the development of planning criteria that reflect technical, operational and clinical changes that have swept the industry since its predecessor, 12 years prior. Among the changes in the new document are:

  • New imaging equipment types
  • Prototypes incorporating contemporary hospital design codes
  • 3D drawings based on “biggest of breed” equipment to preserve future flexibility
  • Significant increase in the number of rooms provided with prototypes/templates
  • Designed accommodation of higher levels of acuity and intervention in radiology spaces

The new document has nearly 600 pages of guiding narrative, diagrams, dimensioned drawings, engineering criteria and the specific fixtures and equipment associated with dozens of imaging rooms.

The guide was developed, in partnership, with RAD-Planning (oversaw revision and updating of design criteria for imaging services), Innova Group (provided space-planning criteria and room equipment designs) and Henderson Engineering (provided engineering guidance narratives and room technical criteria).

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Posted September 14, 2020

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