What does mobile tech mean for radiology?

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What does mobile tech mean for radiology?

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | September 11, 2018
Health IT

WP: You are absolutely right about changing habits and radiologist preferences are the major barriers to the adoption of mobile devices. One of the major concerns from our customer feedback is the iPad pro screen size. Many doctors are not accustomed to seeing X-ray images on a 12.9 inches screen. However, I can give a perfect example about clinicians adapting to a new system - the voice dictation system. Ten years ago, most radiologists resisted using voice dictation system because they were so used to having transcriptionists correct their reports. Back then, exam report turnaround time were based on “days”. It was a very inefficient way treat patients. Today, only handful of hospitals have not adopted voice dictation systems; and the exam report turnaround time is based on “hours”. I see the same kind of user adoption will happen with the use of mobile device to make diagnosis

HCB News: Can you explain how your Rad@ system works with multi-vendor PACS and RIS systems? Is it proprietary?

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WP: Rad@ is a unique mobile software product that can turn an off-the-shelf iPad device into an extension of diagnostic quality image display monitor. Radiologists can use current hospital PACS software that runs on a Microsoft Windows OS computer and/or laptop. Rad@ renders image pixels value on the Microsoft Windows platform to IOS device and the DICOM curve is applied to the pixel before it is display on the iPad device. Rad@ runs independently in the background and has no interaction with other software. It work with any PACS and RIS software without interfering. To reiterate, Rad@ is not intended to replace the PACS diagnostic monitor, but rather to offer radiologists a reading solution when there is no PACS diagnostic workstation available.

HCB News: What are some of the limitations to traditional medical displays?

WP: Portability- current diagnostic reading station technology with FDA approved diagnostic reading monitor is bulky, heavy, and difficult to transport. As I mentioned, the average cost of a PACS workstation with a pair of 3 mega pixels diagnostic monitors is about $8,000. It is very costly to deploy to all the locations where radiologists and ED physicians can conveniently read exam images. These limitations can be eliminated with Rad@ solution reading with iPad Pro. It is a much simpler and mobile turnkey solution. An anaology is like the old huge mobile phone and how heavy it was to carry around. Nowadays, cell phones are light, sleek, with functions beyond making calls. It won’t be long before traditional medical displays are seen that way.

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