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Pediatricians design child abuse identification tool

May 2012

A computer program developed by child abuse experts Nancy Kellogg, M.D., chief of the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics and medical director of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Childrenís Hospital Center for Miracles, and James Anderst, M.D., of Childrenís Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., is bridging the gap between the professionals on the scene of a child injury case and child abuse pediatricians. "What happens is we get a child in a medical setting and are left with trying to find out what happened when the injury occurred," Dr. Kellogg said. "Often the best information comes from law enforcement and CPS investigators, but because they arenít physicians and donít know the mechanisms of injury, they often donít know what information is important to us to make a determination of abuse or neglect." The program is available via smart phone and uses animation sequences, text, radiographs, CT scans and MRI scans to assist workers in the field.

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