How can you use teleradiology?

Another question to ask is what are the benefits and advantages of teleradiology?

In general the biggest benefits and best use of teleradiology is in cost reduction and for improving the quality of the reports you are receiving.

Cost reduction via teleradiology is easy to grasp. Hiring a full time radiologist who works Monday through Friday 9-5 can cost $300,000 plus a year. A teleradiology group will have a team of teleradiologists reading your images 24/7 365 days a year for as little as $8 per study.

Improving read quality via teleradiology is another great advantage teleradiology has over tradition in house radiologists. On your staff you may have one or two radiologists. Even the smallest teleradiology company will have tens of radiologists under their employ. These radiologists will have many specialties and sub-specialties available to you. A head CT is best read by the radiologist who has a neuro sub-specialty. A teleradiology group can provide that team of specialized teleradiologists to you.

What other ways is teleradiology useful? I believe the easiest method to explain how you can use teleradiology is to provide some example case studies.

Urgent Care

You’re an urgent care with an X-ray machine. You use the X-ray machine to take a look at the occasional fracture or chest. You can use teleradiology to have a radiologist overread the images you take; help you rule out a fracture or perhaps find a cancer you may miss.

Mobile X-Ray or Ultrasound Service

If you are a provider of mobile imaging services you most likely will not have the volume required to make hiring your own radiologist financially feasible. You can utilize a teleradiology service to read your images at a much lower cost than hiring your own radiologist.

Imaging Center

Your radiologists read the images during the day. At night, or when your radiologists go on vacation, you send the images to a teleradiology group for reading. Also, if you have any studies your radiologists were not able to read during the day, these can be sent to the teleradiology group at the end of the day.

Hospital

Your radiologists read the images during the day. At night, or when your radiologists go on vacation, you send the images to a teleradiology group for reading. Also, if you have any studies your radiologists were not able to read during the day, these can be sent to the teleradiology group at the end of the day.

 

Further Reading in the Teleradiology Series

Chapter 1: What is Teleradiology?
Chapter 2: A History of Teleradiology
Chapter 3: How can you use Teleradiology?
Chapter 4: What does Teleradiology cost?
Chapter 5: What to look for in a Teleradiology provider?
Chapter 6: Teleradiology Jobs and Salaries
Chapter 7: Teleradiology News
Chapter 8: How to become a teleradiologist
Chapter 9: Preliminary vs Final in Teleradiology
Service: Compare Quotes From Teleradiology Groups
Service: Get a Free Teleradiology Quote
Chapter 10: What is Telemedicine?
Chapter 11: What Is a Radiology Assistant?
Chapter 12: What is a Radiologist?
Chapter 13: What is Radiology?