POWAY, Calif. -- Digirad Corporation (Nasdaq: DRAD), a leading provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and services to physicians' offices, hospitals and imaging centers, has announced the signing of a letter of understanding with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.
Under terms of the arrangement, Johns Hopkins will be available to read diagnostic images for primary care physicians, throughout the greater Baltimore area and surrounding counties, utilizing Digirad in-office cardiac imaging. Digirad's mobile imaging service will provide state-of-the-art equipment and qualified, trained personnel who will perform the imaging procedures in the physicians' offices. Through agreements between the physicians and Johns Hopkins, patients' images will be interpreted by Johns Hopkins cardiologists and the results returned electronically to the referring physicians.
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Digirad Chief Executive Mark Casner said that the company's business strategy supports better patient care, because it combines the family physician's patient-specific knowledge with the diagnostic expertise of specialists at leading medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins.
Casner commented: "We are pleased that Johns Hopkins will be available to assist local-area physicians with meeting the needs of their patients. As a result we anticipate substantial benefits for patients, including excellent quality imaging, readings by highly skilled cardiac specialists and the comfort of knowing that their own doctors will remain closely involved in their care.
"With this service, physicians can be more effective at patient scheduling, provide important diagnostic services, and offer the specialized expertise of a leading medical institution while maintaining the primary patient relationship," Casner added.
Digirad Corporation provides diagnostic medical imaging systems and services to physicians' offices, hospitals and imaging centers for cardiac, vascular, and general imaging applications. Digirad's Cardius XPO line of nuclear imaging cameras use patented solid-state technology and unique multi (single, dual, triple) head design for superior performance and advanced features for sharper digital images, faster processing, compact size, lighter weight for portability, ability to handle patients up to 500 pounds, and improved patient comfort compared to standard nuclear cameras. Digirad's 2020tc general-purpose nuclear imager has a small footprint and may also be configured for fixed or mobile use to supplement primary imaging. Digirad's installed base of equipment exceeds 450 systems; in addition, a mobile fleet of more than 120 nuclear and ultrasound imaging systems is being used in 22 states, primarily in the eastern, midwestern and southwestern United States. For more information, please visit www.digirad.com. Digirad®, Digirad Imaging Solutions®, and Cardius® are registered trademarks of Digirad Corporation.