The Huffington Post—August 12, 2009
Teleradiology is used in two ways. Teleradiology can be an excellent resource for quality image interpretation. For instance, images performed in private offices and imaging centers that send their acquired CT or MR or conventional x-rays examinations to be interpreted by academic centers and subspecialty fellowship trained board-certified radiologists benefit their patients. Board-certified radiologists with a specific subspecialty, such as dedicated spine, dedicated shoulder, etc., provide patients with optimal interpretation for accurate diagnosis.
As a patient, you should always ask questions: who is performing, reading and interpreting my imaging studies? Your physician should be working with fellowship and subspecialty trained radiologists to help both with acquiring and interpreting the images. Collaboration between the radiologist and the clinician has the greatest potential to provide the best diagnosis and treatment decisions.
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