The diagnostic yield of a commercial teleradiology/picture archiving and communication system (ATT-Philips Comm View T/PACS) was evaluated for 100 urograms. A single image from each examination was digitized (2048×1684×12-bit pixels) and transmitted from a satellite hospital over a T-1 line using the T/PACS system. The video display of each digitized image was reviewed independently by four radiologists. The same four radiologists reviewed the original film images at a different time without knowledge of their T/PACS interpretation. There was no statistically significant difference in the sensitivity for clinical findings between T/PACS (86%) and film (89%). The false positive rate, however, was significantly higher with T/PACS than with film (44 versus 32 false positive findings per 100 films). We conclude that T/PACS of the type studied here demonstrates sufficient sensitivity for the detection of clinically important urographic findings in the emergency setting. A final reading of the original films is still necessary, however, to assure appropriate specificity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Computer Science Applications