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.

To provide feedback, or for more information on our quality data, email us or call (414) 266-6556.

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Our imaging department received the designation of Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. We're only the third pediatric facility in the nation to receive this designation. Read more about this designation.

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 2014, 101,246 patients across 38 states and five other countries received an imaging modality test from us.
  • Our interventional radiology specialists saw 2,763 patients across 22 states and two other countries in 2014.

Teen imaging services

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 2015, we provided imaging services for 26,301 teens.

Repeat exposure rate

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 2015, our repeat rate was 2.6 percent.

Critical results compliance rate

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 2015, we reached a critical results compliance rate of 99 percent.