GE and Boston Children’s Hospital Collaborate to Create Brain Scan Software

New England Council members GE and Boston Children’s Hospital are partnering to develop  software that will make it easier for doctors to examine brain scans of young patients.

The software will be developed over the next 18 months and then marketed to hospitals around the world. The rapid changes occurring in a child’s body make it extremely difficult for radiologist to differentiate between normal and abnormal changes in scans. A great deal of expertise in pediatric radiology is needed to accurately understand the scans. The new software will utilize the clinical knowledge of radiologists at Boston Children’s and GE’s Health Cloud computing program to develop a number of reference scans that doctors can compare against as a benchmark.

“Interpreting pediatric brain scans requires a specific understanding of the developing brain,” said Richard Robertson, MD, radiologist-in-chief at Boston Children’s. “Since most pediatric imaging is not performed in children’s hospitals by specialists, this new digital tool, once available, will provide non-specialists with access to knowledge and expertise to help effectively diagnose children. We believe that by providing decision support at the time of interpretation, we can improve both the confidence and performance of the interpreting radiologist.”

The New England Council congratulates GE and Boston Children’s Hospital for collaborating to help doctors provide better care for patients. Read more in The Boston Globe and in the GE press release.

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