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The Department of Pediatric Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s top clinical programs. Our singular focus on patient care drives our mission of improving children's lives through innovative imaging. Our outstanding clinical care spans the entire range of radiology subspecialties, including:
Through distributed leadership and independent judgement, we share responsibility to the greater mission of Nationwide Children's. Our promise of transparency, reflection and continuous learning ensure the best possible care for your child.
Two major philosophical considerations drive our mission. First, we understand that children are not small adults. Their physiology is different, from a 12-week embryo to a full-grown teenager. The diseases they get are different from those in adults. For technology to meet the needs of pediatric patients, we have to modify the hardware, create new software, adapt to their high heart rates, adjust to motions related to breathing in children who cannot hold their breath, determine diagnostic accuracy in pediatric diseases, and create quantitative biomarkers specific for pediatric disease.
Second, imaging in pediatric radiology departments has traditionally been qualitative, with a large emphasis on structural changes in the body, and less emphasis on physiologic changes. However, early disease, diffuse disease, metabolic or molecular manifestations of disease, and determining the functional significance of a structural finding are now at the forefront of radiologic research. With tremendous developments happening in imaging technology and in the genetic, molecular and nanoparticle fields, our clinical research program should turn our focus to novel pediatric imaging tools, and imaging-based biomarkers, which can be rapidly translated for use in the clinic.
Pediatric imaging biomarkers are defined in a broad sense as any imaging tool used to diagnose, grade, prognosticate or follow-up pediatric disease.
The Children’s Imaging Biomarker Alliance (CIBA) was born with the following goals:
Our team of interventional radiologists is blazing the trail for the treatment of conditions such as:
Dr. Shiels dedicated his life to advancing the field of radiology in order to provide the best care to children in our community, across the country and around the world. As we remember and celebrate his work, we will remain ever-grateful for his passionate mentorship of our radiology team and staff – including James Murakami, MD, who worked side by side with Dr. Shiels for more than a decade. Everything Dr. Shiels learned over his career, he taught to and instilled in his staff including his revolutionary advancements in interventional radiology and ultrasound; treating lymphatic malformations; bone tumor ablation, aneurysmal bone cyst and salivary gland ablation. His passion inspires the entire team to continue delivering the best possible care to children everywhere and his legacy will live in the advancements we continue to make here at Nationwide Children’s.
|Rajesh Krishnamurthy, MD|
Rajesh Krishnamurthy, MD, is Chief of the Department of Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
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