OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - Technological advancements in medical imaging have led to improved health outcomes, and costsavings for the Canadian health care system, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.
"Patients from every demographic group rely on radiologists to provide insights into their health,
The Value of Radiology in Canada looks at three key examples of how radiology has added value to the Canadian health care system:
Most general practitioners believe that technological advancements have boosted their confidence in treatment for their patients, ultimately leading to more informed clinical decision-making and faster times to definitive diagnoses. With these technological improvements radiologists are playing an increasingly important role in both the detection of disease and injury and in health management.
As a result of increasing demand for their services, Canadian radiologists are performing more imaging exams than ever before. Despite teleradiology's ability to improve patient access, the increasing demand for medical imaging services is increasing beyond current capacity. The number of radiology residency positions has increased in Canada over the past two decades, however the number of applicants has not kept pace. There is also a shortage of radiologists in rural and remote areas, with zero radiologists working in the territories. This lack of resources is reflected in patient wait times for specialized diagnostic imaging tests which continue to rise in many provinces.
"It is essential to recognize the value of radiology at the hub of patient care through the capacity of medical imaging to improve patient outcomes," added Dinh.
This report was funded by the Canadian Association of Radiologists.
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