A Network of Services and Integrated Delivery of Care
The Brigham and Women’s Department of Radiology provides the complete range of diagnostic imaging and interventional services integrated with services provided by the clinical departments of the Brigham and Women’s Healthcare network. With locations in Boston, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Foxborough, West Bridgewater and Foxborough, BWH Radiology brings sub-specialty expertise to community-based settings for more convenient, timely access.
Right Image, Right Time, Right Place
The integrated care delivery system and network of locations optimize how BWH Radiology provides its services. Under the “Right Image, Right Time, Right Place” approach, the department’s hub remains the hospital main campus, where the most advanced imaging exams and procedures will continue to be housed, alongside our In-patient, emergency and research imaging services. Connected to the hub and extending into communities are the spokes of the Brigham and Women’s Healthcare network of imaging locations. The convenient access, comfortable settings and ease-of-scheduling these locations offer are no longer stand-alone features, but part of a new, comprehensive strategy to enhance and focus more primary care and select clinical programs in communities. We’re constantly improving this model so that the technology to get the “Right Image” is optimally deployed to offer services at the “Right Time” (whether that is according to urgent clinical need or patient convenience) and in the “Right Place”, where patients live and where their doctors practice.
Radiology Consultation Services
The “Right Image, Right Time, Right Place” approach emphasizes the need to make available robust consultation services to referring physicians. For each clinical indication a doctor seeks to diagnose, there is a type of imaging exam that will yield a more useful result over the others. BWH Radiology is standardizing and expanding its consultation services to help referring physicians select the best exam, determine if imaging follow-up is required, or even if it’s appropriate to do an imaging exam in the first place. Better patient care will result when radiologists and referring physicians work together towards the optimal use of imaging.
The Right Mix of General and Sub-Specialty Expertise
BWH Radiology uses a combination of general radiologists and sub-specialty radiologists to optimize care quality and response times across all of our locations. The right mix of generalists, who are skilled at interpreting the images from a broad range of conditions and body systems, and sub-specialists, who narrow their focus on a specific condition or body system, allows BWH Radiology to deliver expert, efficient, high quality imaging care to our patients. Whether for a routine checkup, a rare or challenging clinical problem, or something in between, BWH’s radiologists have the blend of expertise to answer the call in any clinical situation. Learn more about sub-specialization in the BWH Department of Radiology by visiting the web pages of our Clinical Sections.
Educating the Next Generation of Radiology Professionals
Brigham and Women’s Department of Radiology is a leader in educating the next generation of radiology professionals. In addition to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, Nuclear Medicine Residency Program, post-doctoral Sub-Specialty Fellowship Programs, and Radiology Technologist programs, the department provides radiology instruction to students from Harvard Medical School.
Advancing Imaging Care through Research
The Brigham and Women’s Department of Radiology is dedicated to research in various aspects of diagnostic imaging, image-guided interventions and related sciences. The department’s Research Division provides resources for the development and application of advanced imaging systems and for the scientific evaluation of imaging technology. Researchers work closely with Radiology’s clinical sections, as well as with other groups within the hospital, the Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Biomedical Engineering, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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