People often ask me exactly what it was that made me want to go into pediatric radiology. For me, the absolute most enjoyable part of my job is getting to see the children and their families. Nothing lifts my spirit more than an opportunity to interact with a child who may be having an issue to overcome. It feels great to have the opportunity to try and figure out what the problem may be and then work towards creating a solution together. From putting in a feeding tube in a baby who may be no more than a few weeks old (I LOVE working with the babies) to trying to find an appendix in a teenager, each interaction is a reminder of the privilege we have to help not only our patients, but also their often very worried parents.
The truly exciting thing about Cincinnati Children’s Radiology Department is the fact this is not just a personal feeling. Our whole department embraces the opportunity to interact with our patients and their families. If you are reading this blog, you may already know that we put a lot of effort into providing education and support through the web not only for our patients, but also to the providers who take care of children around the world. We aim to be a part of the process, whether there may be good news or bad news to deliver, so that patients can have the best possible information to deal with the next steps in their treatment. At the center of it, our department greatly values the face-to-face time we get to spend with our patients.
This is one of my favorite things about Cincinnati Children’s. Being in an environment where there is value placed on spending time with our patients not only makes us better as physicians, but also happier as human beings. So, next time the radiologist walks in to the room, I hope you are as happy to see us as I know we are to see you.
Contributed by Dr. Saad Ranginwala and edited by Tony Dandino, RT(MR).