How Point-of-Care Testing Shapes Radiology?

How Point-of-Care Testing Shapes Radiology?

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, December 19, 2019

Point-of-care imaging gives radiology departments the capability to address challenges head-on with expanded service options and enhanced patient care. Additionally, innovations around point-of-care imaging are leading to amplified volume and higher patient satisfaction.

FREMONT, CA: Developments in imaging technology have undeniably enhanced diagnostics and accuracy. However, there are still systemic challenges clinicians and radiologists face that affect the quality of patient care. The hurdles have led to an inevitable decline in volume in nuclear medicine departments.

Point-of-care imaging gives radiology departments the capability to address challenges head-on with expanded service options and enhanced patient care. Additionally, innovations around point-of-care imaging are leading to amplified volume and higher patient satisfaction.

Advantages of Point Of Care Imaging

There are apparent benefits in implementing portable radiology technology in hospital environments. By harnessing its potential, one can increase the quality of care, patient satisfaction, and even hospital revenue.

Impacting Studies

Adding point-of-care (POC) testing to the departments can considerably increase the number of studies one can perform. Without portable imaging, there are specific environments where studies are too dangerous or complicated to implement. In contrast, POC tests permit one to bring imaging to the patient that can allow successful and transformative clinical research that can’t be performed outside of the hospital.

This unparalleled opportunity is coupled with increased competence, as POC technology can be completed swiftly and needs no patient transport. The approach can considerably boost not only the potential for studies but also one’s performance in a given time period. Most nuclear medicine departments using POC imaging have reported an amplified number of studies in brain viability, intraoperative imaging, lymphoscintigraphy, bone flow/blood pool, and others.

Improving Surgical Outcomes in the Operating Room

Enhanced surgical outcomes can improve patient quality of care and prevent readmission. By offering significant intraoperative advantages, POC imaging is shaping surgery in the OR.

1. Reduced Time Under Anesthesia

Increased time under anesthesia is a risk feature for complications in surgery. Reducing the time can trim down the overall risk and progress of patient outcomes. With the help of portable imaging technology, patients can be anesthetized in the OR for both surgery and imaging procedures. Therefore, patients spend less time under anesthesia and will not require to be transported to the surgery room, which leads to a much safer hospital experience.  

2. Real-Time Results

Portable imaging facilitates full corroboration of surgery success—by confirming tumor or lesion removal and identifying remaining or unknown masses, the surgical outcomes are enhanced. The instance means bolstered patient satisfaction and less chance of readmission.

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