Teleradiology

Department of Radiology and Imaging
Hospital for Special Surgery


Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to contact us if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you.

What is teleradiology?

Teleradiology is the transmission of radiologic images from a site of image acquisition to a remote location for interpretation. Today, image transmission depends primarily on high-speed electronic communication networks, such as the internet, which enable the rapid transmission of digital images without loss of content or resolution.

How is teleradiology performed?

The interpretation of digital images, whether MRI, CT, ultrasound or conventional x-ray images, acquired digitally e.g. computed radiography (CR) or direct radiography (DR), is accomplished utilizing workstations with high-resolution monitors. Each workstation is part of an image management network, which also has access to image archives and patient databases. Current computer software innovations provide the capacity to transmit and receive images from outside a medical facility while maintaining image security and patient confidentiality.

Why is teleradiology necessary?

Teleradiology provides a means to provide rapid diagnosis and report turnaround for radiological examinations acquired locally or transmitted to a radiologist from anywhere in the world. At Hospital for Special Surgery, teleradiology has been employed to provide improved and timely care to patients imaged at our hospital, as well as to provide our radiology subspecialty expertise in orthopaedic and rheumatologic conditions including those affecting the spine to those patients imaged at remote sites in New York and Ohio. With our commitment to state of the art musculoskeletal imaging and diagnosis, we are in the process of expanding our wide area teleradiology services and to network with other hospitals or orthopaedic centers that desire to maximize the diagnostic information needed to treat their patients. With the constant improvement of digital imaging modalities, the role of teleradiology will continue to expand in the future, enabling expert diagnostic interpretation by HSS radiologists for exams acquired around the globe or around the corner.


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