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Main_Day1_Healthcare_MOV9_MRMachine_v04Inside the radiology reading room in the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital, pediatric neuroradiologists read 30,000-50,000 images of children’s brains a day.

These doctors are experts at analyzing the MRI scans of young children who show signs of developmental delay. This expertise is not trivial: children’s brains develop at such a rapid pace that reading their neuro scans is a much different exercise than reading those of an adult. In young children, what is actually normal brain development can often be misconstrued as disease, leading to unnecessary worry and follow on tests.

But only about three percent of radiologists specialize in pediatric neuroradiology. These experts are primarily found in major cities, at hospitals like Boston Children’s, leaving children in other communities more vulnerable to this follow on and worry. This population is also not trivial: in the U.S., one in six children have some sort of neurological delay.

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