Teleradiology in rural Arizona: Users' perspective

Elizabeth Krupinski, Lisa Hopper

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The goal of this project was to evaluate the overall use and effectiveness of a teleradiology system linking the Department of Radiology at the University of Arizona with a rural site 100 miles away. Workstations were installed at the referring and consulting sites with connections to all major imaging modalities. 83% of the time the correct type and number of images were sent to reach a diagnosis; 17% needed more images or had technical problems. Image quality was judged to be adequate for 85% ofthe cases. The consulting radiologists were very or somewhat confident in their decisions 88% of the time. Low confidence was directly related tojudged image quality or number of images available. Consultation sessions lasted 7.73 min on average and 95%werejudged to occur in a timely manner. 95% ofthe sessions were judged to be successful overall in terms of speed and diagnostic accuracy. The current teleradiology system provides a much needed service to a runt! population of patients. Overall, both the consulting and referring radiologists are satisfied with the performance of the system and with their own diagnostic perfomiance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-354
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 22 1997
EventMedical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues - Newport Beach, United States
Duration: Feb 22 1997Feb 28 1997


  • Decision confidence
  • Image quality
  • Observer performance
  • Teleradiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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