Kids are not adults in smaller bodies. Teenagers, in particular, may seem to be physically big enough to be viewed with an adult lens. When it comes to the treatment of a stroke, however, the inability to recognize their unique needs can constitute medical malpractice.
Specialty radiologists improve pediatric care and disagree with the interpretations of critical imaging studies by community general radiologists in about 40% of cases. A study in the American Journal of Roentgenology examined the imaging reports of all pediatric patients at a major medical center, and compared the interpretations by community radiologists with those of pediatric radiology and neuroradiology specialists. Major disagreements between the general radiologist and the specialty radiologist reads were found in 22% of the studies, or 170 of the 773 examinations. Most major disagreements concerned the presence of fracture and hemorrhage, two conditions that often require emergent diagnosis and treatment.