“When it comes to their anatomy, children are not just small adults,” says Brian McIntosh, BS, RT (R), CRA, Director of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. “That’s why it’s important to have a radiologist fellowship trained in pediatric imaging to read X-ray or ultrasound examinations.”
All radiological examinations at BWFH are read by Brigham and Women’s subspecialized radiologists, who have advanced training in certain organs, areas of the body or diseases. This training makes them uniquely qualified to diagnose complicated conditions. Taking advantage of Mass General Brigham’s system-wide PACS (picture archiving and communications system) technology, subspecialized pediatric radiologists from Massachusetts General are now able to view and read elective pediatric examinations performed at BWFH.
“Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, patients under age 15 who have an elective, non-neurological X-ray or ultrasound examination at BWFH will have their images interpreted by our colleagues in the Division of Pediatric Radiology at MGH,” says Dylan Kwait, MD, Chief of Radiology at BWFH. “The images are now automatically routed to the MGH pediatric radiologist’s queue in PACS.”
The collaboration was made possible by MGH’s Chief of Pediatric Radiology, Michael Gee, MD, PhD. “We have the expertise and BWFH has the need. Since our systems are integrated, it was easy to establish a workflow and our team is thrilled to be able to offer this level of care to as many pediatric patients receiving care at BWFH as we can.”
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