Pediatric teleradiology in low-income settings and the areas for future research in teleradiology

Front Public Health. 2014 Aug 21;2:125. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00125. eCollection 2014.

Abstract

Teleradiology is an established mechanism to overcome the lack of on-site radiologists and can benefit children in developing countries. In this "perspective" on teleradiology for pediatric care in underdeveloped countries, three low-cost teleradiology programs are discussed from experiences of one teleradiologist, in relation to previous publications on this subject. Key issues discussed include mechanisms for sustainability, cost-effectiveness, resources, and barriers to success. Reliance on each link of a telereading chain is highlighted as a constant source for concern.

Keywords: HIV infections; X-rays; cost-effectiveness; developing countries; pulmonary; resource allocation; teleradiology; tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Review