Teleradiology is the electronic transmission of medical imaging studies (CT, MRI, XR, ….etc.) from one location to another making them available for interpretation/consultation by radiologists who are not present locally in the region where the patient was scanned. For this process to be implemented, three essential components are required, an image sending station, a transmission network, and a receiving/image review station.
Teleradiology, as every other branch of telemedicine, owes its birth to imbalance of demand and supply. In this case, it is the inadequacy of diagnostic services and qualified radiologists in far-flung corners which gave rise to the need for Teleradiology as a measure to bridge this gap. The technology has led to reduced workload on radiologists, faster turn-around time for patients, and cost savings for hospitals who find that Teleradiology presents an attractive alternative to having radiologists available twenty-four hours a day.
Some additional benefits of Teleradiology:
1. More efficient use of radiology infrastructure. Hospitals that are focused on general radiological services can use Teleradiology to send images of complex problems to major medical centers for evaluation. In addition, via Teleradiology a clinical radiologist may seek a second opinion from a specialist without transferring the patient, thus minimizing patient discomfort and improving efficiency of service delivery.
2. Savings. Teleradiology solutions eliminate the need for travel and allow radiologists to work from anywhere that is most convenient and cost-efficient. Hospitals of all sizes can benefit from the strategic use of Teleradiology solutions. Reduced radiology costs, immediate imaging results, and improved access all make a hospital more competitive and better able to serve the needs of their patients.
3. Improved access to care. This technology is predicted to play a significant role in improving service to rural areas, and has the potential to alleviate the current shortage of radiologists. Teleradiology means access to subspecialty radologists in regions where healthcare disparities arise.
4. Time savings. Teleradiology solutions enable radiologists to have
immediate access to medical images over the internet via secure
telecommunication links. This results in a much faster access to highly specialize
medical imaging reports and consultative services, all while limiting costs
5. After hour service. Teleradiology allows medical facilities to provide around the clock coverage while relieving the radiologists from the burden of being on-call at night.
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