What is Teleradiology
Teleradiology is the transmission of radiology images from one location to another location, enabling a medical specialist who is not with a patient, to view those images.
It is the blending of radiology with IT.
Radiology today is a complex discipline.
MRI, CT, PET, Ultrasound, X-rays the list of modalities is long.
In today's world, a single radiological study may produce up to 4,000 or more images.
Images need to be read and interpreted by increasingly specialised radiologists.
Clinics and hospitals cannot always have a team of specialists in all modalities available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Clinics and hospitals cannot always meet the demand of an unpredictable caseload.
A teleradiology service can do both.
Images, from whatever modality, at whatever time of day or night, from whatever part of the world - whether the busiest city or the remotest clinic - can be transmitted to a teleradiology provider and in front of a specialist radiologist within minutes.
Teleradiology reporting is supplemented by technologies such as advanced graphics processing, voice recognition software and image compression.
Teleradiology is dependent upon IT.
For existing imaging services, teleradiology is a rapid reporting capability that provides support and backup whenever required 24 hours a day.
For patients, teleradiology provides rapid interpretation of images by an appropriate specialist, potentially leading to quicker diagnosis and benefiting clinical outcome.