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, 9 (7), 488-94

White Paper Report of the 2011 RAD-AID Conference on International Radiology for Developing Countries: Integrating Multidisciplinary Strategies for Imaging Services in the Developing World

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White Paper Report of the 2011 RAD-AID Conference on International Radiology for Developing Countries: Integrating Multidisciplinary Strategies for Imaging Services in the Developing World

Kathryn L Everton et al. J Am Coll Radiol.

Abstract

The 2011 RAD-AID Conference on International Radiology for Developing Countries discussed data, experiences, and models pertaining to radiology in the developing world, where widespread shortages of imaging services significantly reduce health care quality and increase health care disparities. This white paper from the 2011 RAD-AID conference represents consensus advocacy of multidisciplinary strategies to improve the planning, accessibility, and quality of imaging services in the developing world. Conference presenters and participants discussed numerous solutions to imaging and health care disparities, including (1) economic development for radiologic service planning, (2) public health mechanisms to address disease and prevention at the population and community levels, (3) comparative clinical models to implement various clinical and workflow strategies adapted to unique developing world community contexts, (4) education to improve training and optimize service quality, and (5) technology innovation to bring new technical capabilities to limited-resource regions.

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Figure 1
Figure 1
Trends in the annual frequency of diagnostic medical and dental radiological examinations per healthcare level. X-Axis: Health Care Level (HCL) I corresponds to more than 1,000 physicians per million population; HCL II, between 300 and 1,000; HCL III, between 100 and 300, and HCL IV, less than 100. This can also be interpreted as a range of country development with HCL I being highly industrialized countries and HCL IV being poorly developed countries[1]. Reproduced with permission from the World Health Organization.
Figure 2
Figure 2
Imaging the World (ITW) data flow model for ultrasound (US) services in rural limited resource regions showing transmission of DICOM images from scanner to laptop and PACS to generate report via short message service (SMS) to local clinic.

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    Hillman BJ. Hillman BJ. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Jul;9(7):452. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2012.04.008. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012. PMID: 22748780 No abstract available.

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