A new medical image-sharing network is being touted as tool that can help reduce unnecessary exams and cut patient radiation exposure.
Image sharing could cut unnecessary tests: RSNA
The Radiological Society of North America is overseeing development of the network, which was founded in 2009 with a $4.7 million contract from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, according to an RSNA news release. The RSNA is hosting its annual convention this week in Chicago.
So far, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a 1,039-bed hospital in New York; the UCSF Medical Center, a 660-bed hospital in San Francisco; and the University of Maryland Medical Center, a 702-bed hospital in Baltimore, have enrolled patients in the network. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) and the University of Chicago Medical Center (Illinois) are expected to enroll patients.
Patients who are enrolled in the network receive education about establishing personal health records and can control the sharing of their medical images, according to the RSNA.
"A patient's access to his or her personal medical information is critical for more patient-centric healthcare, where each patient is an active participant and partner in medical decisionmaking and in realizing high-value care," NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew said in the release.
A later phase of the project could involve developing direct transfer of images for immediate access, such as in the case of a patient being treated at a trauma center, according to the release.
RSNA said in 2009 that providing patients with images on CD currently is the most common method for exchanging medical images.
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