Teleradiology: A New Frontier in Medical Imaging

2011-05-27
 

Medical Imaging

When you think about it, the supposedly new discipline of “teleradiology” isn’t all that new. Radiologists and other medical imaging professionals have been consulting over the phone for years.

What’s new, of course, is technology that allows organizations to set up sophisticated medical imaging systems that include the ability to send and receive images and commentary over vast distances in virtually no time at all. Consider: just 20 years ago, if a medical imaging professional wanted to consult with another one 50 miles away, he or she would have to make a copy of the image, have it sent securely by mail or courier, wait for it to arrive, and then schedule a time to discuss the image – all while hoping that nothing disrupted any of these steps. If nothing did, there was still the hassle of talking about an image without having an easy common reference.

Today, even a modest investment in hardware and software can bring those same medical imaging professionals together over the phone on a weekly basis to discuss several images that could be less than two minutes old. Better yet, both professionals view the same image and can use moving arrows to highlight important part of it.

And did we mention that the quality of today’s digital images is much better than those of 20 years ago?  Or that it’s easy to store such images? Or that those two medical imaging professionals could be in neighboring towns, in Seattle and Boston, or in Mexico and Malaysia? Or that two medical imaging professionals could easily be three, four, or dozens?

But since the technology behind modern teleradiology is not universally available, lots of medical imaging professionals and organizations don’t use it as much as they could. Even where it is available, healthcare organizations are still learning how to get the right equipment and software and develop the networks and workflow needed to make teleradiology effective.

Does your healthcare organization have a teleradiology system in place? If so, could it be better? If you’re not sure, make sure you read our next blog post. We’ll lay out the basics of teleradiology systems in hopes that you and other medical imaging professionals can better serve your patients and healthcare organizations with modern technology.

 

One Response to “Teleradiology: A New Frontier in Medical Imaging”

  1. Congratulations about your post.

    We are still working for the rise of teleradiology market in Brazil, so these points make very much sense for us.

    Waiting for your next post.

    Regards,

    Felipe Morais

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