Quality and outcomes

Our safety and quality reports help families and partner providers make the most informed health care decisions for the benefit of their children and patients. We follow the Institute of Medicine's Six Dimensions of Care to structure our quality improvement efforts.

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As the reputation of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin continues to expand nationally, many families from outside of Wisconsin are seeking the expertise of our Imaging team for care.

Volumes and outcomes

In 2013, over 38,221 patients across 42 states and 5 other countries received an imaging modality test from us.

Our interventional radiology specialists saw over 2,000 patients across 30 states and 2 other countries in 2013.

Kids are our specialty and we've developed guidelines to image teens safely and accurately. Protocols for imaging a teen are not the same as an adult. Having your teen imaged at a pediatric facility is the best choice for optimal care.

  • In 2013, we provided imaging services for over 36,000 teens.

Our radiologists are experts in choosing the best type of imaging test needed to diagnose medical problems. They know exactly where to take a high-quality image on the body the first time around. Accurate imaging reduces radiation exposure and allows us to keep our repeat rates lower than the national adult average of 9 percent.

  • In 2013, our repeat rate was 3.6 percent.

Imaging tests can sometimes reveal unexpected information. Notifying the physician who ordered the test is our highest priority. We have developed a process to ensure that referring physicians are alerted to unexpected results within 30 minutes of our doctor's interpreting the results. Not every test is the same and some tests take longer to interpret than others.

  • In 2013, we reached a compliance rate of 97 percent.

We want our patients and families to have the best care experience possible. To continue to provide excellent care, we ask our guests to fill out a survey rating their care experience. The rating scale ranges from 0 to 10 where 0 is the worst experience and 10 is the best. We strive to achieve a 9 or 10 rating from every patient and family that chooses our care which is represented in the graph below.

Interventional radiology volume

Sedation volume

Nuclear medicine volume

X-ray volume

MRI volume

Ultrasound volume

CT scan volume