Images are sent through a secure VPN (virtual private network) directly to X-Ray & Imaging's server. For this to happen automatically, X-Ray & Imaging will install a lossless compression server at no expense. This will remain the property of X-Ray & Imaging but will serve no other purpose than to send images out of the Government Hospital.
The Images arrive at the X-Ray & Imaging server where the details are added into COMRAD by our telerad administrator* and given relevant priority.
They report upon the case in accordance with their specialty, availability or knowledge of the specific case.
The report is verified by the Radiologist. Once typed, the report returns to the radiologist to be verified before it can be sent.
The report is sent automatically to the referring site upon verification. Reports can be received in either or both of the methods below:
*The telerad administrator is a dedicated administrator who ensures the smooth running of the reporting services. Their main tasks include:
The teleradiology administrator position is a full time post with one person being responsible for its efficiency. Three others are also trained in this position to cover holiday and sickness.Currently, X-Ray & Imaging have four reporting Radiologists. Two on the east coast of Australia and two on the West coast who receive the images electronically. The time difference between QLD and WA allows for an extra two hours of reporting time each day. Images that arrive at 5.05pm can still be returned on the same day. A third radiologist was recently added to the east coast team working out of Kawana. Whilst this Radiologist will ensure that complex interventional studies and procedures can be performed at Kawana it will also increase X-Ray & Imaging's reporting capacity significantly. Should the need to increase capacity further, Radiologists currently on stand by can be linked up to the COMRAD system to meet any requirements. This can be achieved within a few days.