Teleradiology

Image Transmission at a Distance


By means of Delft Imaging System's Teleradiology health systems are strengthened. Using Delft Teleradiology patient images such as X-ray, CTs and MRIs can be communicated, via local or distant networks, in order to enable storage and the at distance provision of consultation. Delft strongly believes in an integrated solution of image capture, storage and diagnosis as this will provide the most benefits for healthcare providers and patients.




Why Delft Teleradiology?

Delft Teleradiology a greatly valued means to enhance adequate patient diagnosis and referral and to build local capacity. Delft Teleradiology is a low-cost, user-friendly and integrated solution for image capture, image storage, (at-a-distance) diagnosis and educational purposes.



Support for underserved areas


Delft Imaging Systems' Teleradiology supports emerging markets in their efforts of delivering high-quality diagnostic imaging and consultation. A lack of skilled caregivers is a widespread challenge leading to large underserved areas. Where diagnostic expertise is lacking, timely referral and treatment are a significant challenge. The ability to capture, store and share patient images with other health care providers, within the country or across borders, will help to improve patient care.


Professional Development


Quality care requires ongoing professional development. Knowledge-exchange is key to any profession, anytime, anywhere. Even with sufficient in-country skilled local radiologists learning from foreign practices and vice-versa will strengthen capacity. Using teleradiology, radiologists can benefit from additional expertise to complement their own expert knowledge. A connection with a wide network of renowned Dutch Radiologists and Imaging Technicians can support local caregivers in consultations and as a result help them to make critical decisions more effectively.



Lacking diagnostic equipment


Diagnostic equipment may not be readily available, underserviced and broken, outdated or user-unfriendly. Consequently, Teleradiology, together with the replacement of Delft diagnostic (imaging) equipment where necessary, is a fitting solution, enhancing local expertise and experience to-date.



Technical Details

The Delft Teleradiology solutions offers a top level, stable and fast Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) archive combined with the user-friendly ViewPro-X diagnostic web viewer. By using mobile phone networks high quality digital chest images can be transmitted elsewhere. Here experienced radiologists can interpret the images and the result is relayed to the unit in the field.



Telecommunication


The acquisition and storing method of the images allows these to be transmitted over low bandwidth connections. With rapidly expanding GSM networks it is possible to send images from virtually anywhere. It typically takes 25 seconds to transmit a PA chest X-ray from the field to the central database or any other venue.



Central Archiving


The nation wide concept is based on linking all units within a country, to a central database. This allows the National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) to monitor and provide quality assurance and centralize valuable TB data for research.



Reading


All images are stored on a central location but can be read from virtually anywhere. Secure VPN connections to the database make it possible –using the WEB- to read images from any part of the world. Even low bandwidth connections can be used. This enables experienced readers to be involved in the reading and interpretation of the images at their convenience with respect to both place and time.


The Delft diagnostic platform and PACS are fully scalable and can be entirely adapted to the workflow of any health care facility. Delft has hosen a platform and software- solution which is easy to maintain and which can be upgraded relatively easily. It is designed to meet the demands of professionals, who work with large and complex datasets.



Skilled Dutch Radiologists and Imaging Technicians can support local caregivers in consultations and as a result make critical decisions more effectively.

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