Teleradiology - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS
Last Updated on Jun 23, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to receive a report from a radiologist using teleradiology?

The report will be provided within 4 to 48 hours depending upon the need and the condition of the patient.

2. Does teleradiology provide only a report or can the radiologist be contacted for detailed discussion?

Teleradiology not only involves a typed or dictated report but it could include detailed discussion with a qualified radiologist.

3. Is teleradiology secure?

Companies dealing with teleradiology need to keep the information private according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

4. How will the reports be received?

The reports may be faxed or uploaded online on their website. In emergency situations, the reports will also be telephoned to the designated individual.

5. Is teleradiology popular in Indian rural setting?

There is a lack of qualified radiologists in India and this would make teleradiology ideal for supporting radiology services in the rural setting. However, since radiology services are low-cost services, most rural clinicians provide their own report instead of using teleradiology to reach out to qualified radiologists. This is due to higher costs incurred due to teleradiology.

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