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J Telemed Telecare. 2013 Sep;19(6):354-9. doi: 10.1177/1357633X13503428. Epub 2013 Sep 9.

Factors in the selection of a teleradiology provider in the United States.

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Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.


Commercial teleradiology is well established in the US. There are many factors to consider when engaging a teleradiology provider. One of the basic questions is what do you expect to gain from it? Do you want a final reading from an attending radiologist (known as a consultant radiologist in many countries) or would you be satisfied with a preliminary reading from a teleradiology provider and a final reading from your own in-house radiologist the following day? Do you simply require after-hours coverage or do you need to supplement the coverage provided by your own internal radiologists during normal working hours? Teleradiology is not without its drawbacks. It can add additional costs, particularly for after-hours coverage. Teleradiology rarely provides in-house coverage for procedures, and the interpreting radiologist may sometimes be difficult to contact for consultation. Choosing a teleradiology vendor requires due diligence. When the contracting entity defines its expectations well and chooses its teleradiology vendor with care, the end result will be satisfactory for all concerned, including the patients.

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