Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital have revealed that the MRIs of children’s brains are often misread. Dr. Richard Robertson, radiologist-in-chief at Children’s told the Boston Globe that most MRIs of children’s brains are done in community hospitals where they do not employ radiologists who specialize in children’s brains. Therefore, doctors easily misread the scans in one of two ways – missing a sign of an issue or diagnosing a non-existent problem.
For this reason, Boston Children’s Hospital and General Electric Co. are partnering to develop software that will help doctors accurately read children’s life-altering MRIs. The idea is that the system will have reference scans from children of all ages for doctors to see worldwide when reading a new pediatric patient’s scans. Children’s and Boston-based GE’s health care sector will create the system during the next year and a half or so and then proceed to market it to hospitals around the globe.
Bernie Monegain, from Healthcare IT News, got a statement from Sanjay Prabhu, MD, pediatric neuroradiologist at Children’s:
“Pediatric brain scans of children under the age of four can be particularly tricky to read because the brain is rapidly developing during this period of childhood. Since pediatric neuroradiologists are very scarce, we approached GE Healthcare to collaborate on the development of digital tools to help physicians of varying expertise read the scans.”
This software is part of a greater effort. Over the course of the next few years, GE’s Health Cloud is hoping to support hundreds of “apps” for doctors to use to sort through medical data.