Radiology Today

Never has there been a more exciting time in the history of radiology. Right now there are multiple companies competing to make the practice of radiology (in all its forms) more convenient, patient friendly, and most of all, easier to share the results with health professionals using the Cloud.
For most people who have dealt with major health issues in their lives, radiology is second only to surgery in terms of the dread it inspires. When most people think of MRI scans for example, they think a tube they are stuck in that is loud and uncomfortable. Worst of all, you have to stay completely still for however long it takes to get the images needed. One of the exciting developments in MRI technology deals with patient comfort; less noise and the forgiveness of involuntary movement. This means a more comfortable, cooperative patient who is less afraid to face the MRI.
Even PET and CT scans are getting a patient-friendly makeover. They too have been updated to make it easier on the patients. The scans have new software that allows the scans to be more fluid. None of the “stop and go” that once jarred patients.
What about the side of radiology that is not usually thought to be so daunting? When most people think ultrasound they think babies or at least a less uncomfortable diagnosis of a problem. The new level of ultrasound technology offers an HD screen for more precise spotting of issues or a clearer picture of the baby on the way.
One of the major players in the radiology game is a company called Imaging Advantage or IA. Their technology has propelled radiology to the Cloud. Their system unites 30 ER systems in 10 different states. It compiles patient information as soon as they arrive in one of those ERs. No more waiting for a doctor’s office or another ER to fax or call in previous results. Now it’s available at the ER doctor’s fingertips. As their CEO, Naseer Hashim says “Integrated care systems are the future of health care.” They have also streamlined the process by images using algorithms to calculate the most accurate assessment of those tests needed. This cuts down on patient wait time, the time it takes to treat that patient and prevents the danger of unnecessary testing. Their 30 minute read time, due to the Cloud access, is also much better than the 20+ hours most practices take to turn those images into concrete results.
With new developments such as these, we are in an era that can, and does, connect more people with more doctors. That translates to lower health care costs, better patient services and doctors that are more efficient and better able to heal. After all, isn’t that what we all want and need?

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