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Teleradiology in rural Arizona: user's perspective
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Krupinski; Lisa Hopper
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Paper Abstract

The goal of this project was to evaluate the overall use and effectiveness of a teleradiology system linking the Department of Radiology at the University of Arizona with a rural site 100 miles away. Workstations were installed at the referring and consulting sites with connections to al major imaging modalities. 83 percent of the time the correct type and number of images were sent to reach a diagnosis; 17 percent needed more images or had technical problems. Image quality was judged to be adequate for 85 percent of the cases. The consulting radiologists were every or somewhat confident in their decisions 88 percent of the time. Low confidence was directly related to judged image quality or number of images available. Consultation sessions lasted 7.73 min on average and 95 percent were judged to occur in a timely manner. 95 percent of the sessions were judged to be successful overall in terms of speed and diagnostic accuracy. The current teleradiology system provides a much needed service to a rural population of patients. Overall, both the consulting and referring radiologists are satisfied with the performance of the system and with their own diagnostic performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274590
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Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Lisa Hopper, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3035:
Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii M.D.; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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