A scanning multiple slit assembly (SMSA) has been constructed for the purpose of reducing scatter in medical radiography. The SMSA consists of a series of long, narrow beam‐defining slits above the patient that are aligned and synchronously moved with scatter‐eliminating slots beneath the patient during an exposure. Evidence, based on measurements of the ratio of scattered‐to‐primary radiation imaged and radiographs of patients, is presented indicating that such a device is a practical and efficient method of reducing scatter and improving contrast compared to conventional grids. The design considerations and trade‐offs associated with the choice of slit width, slit separation distance, and aft slot depth are discussed along with the effect of these parameters on the SMSA's performance. The various problems encountered in obtaining a uniform scan and the manner in which they were handled are also discussed. © 1979, American Association of Physicists in Medicine. All rights reserved.