Aims and objectives
To evaluate the role of teleradiology tutoring on efficacy and accuracy of radiologists interested in becoming subspecialists in abdominal and pelvic MRI. When five mid-sized hospitals in the Västra Götaland region (VGR) in Sweden were facing a serious challengerunning their radiology services,
they needed a solution they could rely on.The VGR region was facing a chronic radiologist capacity shortage in several hospitals.
The radiology communitywas comprised mostly of generalists who found...
Methods and materials
Six radiologists without sub-specialization in radiology were connected to a central teleradiology unit and reported on cases in a prospective study fornineteen months. The exams were redistributed to these six with each reporting as many as feasible.
They had the possibility of dicussing their cases with subspecialists before or after reporting. Their reports were sent to subspecialists and feedback was provided via the system which ranked the discrepancy level.
The radiologists were also...
The independent reviewer showed no bias in reports during the trial.
In other words there was high accuracy all throught the project and no drop in accuracy could be noticed. The discrepancy level fell 42% from 27% during months 3-5 to 15.7% months 12-14.
The efficiency of reporting improved markedly by a factor of 27% from 5.0 RU to 6.4 RU reaching the level of subspecialists.
At the end of 19 months the RU reported by an hour had increased by 54% reaching the level obtained by...
Teleradiology can be used as a tool for providing tutoring in areas with subspecialist to improve rate of reporting and improved accuracy