USARAD is a leading provider of teleradiology services. We provide final radiology reports and personalized teleradiology services nationwide. Our highly skilled radiologists are all graduates of accredited radiology residencies, certified by the American Board of Radiology, U.S. based, and dedicated to providing quality image interpretations. Coverage can be customized to your needs and is available in all States on a 24/7 basis, including weekends and holidays.
Definition of Teleradiology
So, what is teleradiology? Teleradiology is the transmission of radiological patient images, such as x-rays, CTs, and MRIs, from one location to another for the purpose of sharing studies with other radiologists and physicians for interpretation and diagnosis.
One of the leading benefits of using teleradiology is financial. Teleradiology by its very nature is an efficient and high quality manner by which patient images can be interpreted and diagnosed by qualified specialists. When utilized properly, a radiologists down time is minimized, allowing for cost effective and timely interpretations. Teleradiology costs are based on the modality of the study (CT, MR, US, etc.) and the expected report turn-around time. To obtain a proposal for teleradiology services, please contact us at 888-886-5238 x 33 or simply fill out our simple questionnaire.
Approximately 600 million radiologic procedures were performed in the United States in 2006, a highly significant increase since 1993 when approximately 300 million procedures were performed. There are an estimated 10,000 CT scanners and 10,000 MRI scanners in the United States. It is estimated that there are 6,000 imaging centers in the United States and a similar number of hospitals where these procedures are performed. Theannual increase in the number of radiologists is in the 1.5% to 2% range compared to a 6% to 12% growth in the volume of imaging studies performed. There is a shortage of radiologists which is not easing. The shortage of well-qualified subspecialists is especially acute. This has created delays in turnaround time for many imaging centers.
Here, at USARAD, we have a well-qualified team of radiologists who have extensive experience covering all aspects of radiology and teleradiology.
- Reduced cost - Radiology expenses are converted from fixed to variable costs. Efficiency is significantly increased.
- Expertise - Ability to access subspecialty radiology experts when needed via teleradiology.
- Increased coverage - Coverage for less desirable work shifts is provided through teleradiology for less than the cost of having a group member read cases during nights and weekends.Teleradiology "fractional staffing" is ideal as it allows for the most qualified specialist to be available on a per report basis versus full time salary.