Expert-matched imaging analysis connecting multiple hospitals, clinics and radiologists
A decade ago, the practice of reading medical imaging studies, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, had significant room for improvement. Radiologists with specialized expertise in fields like neuroradiology or mammography would come into hospitals to read whatever images had been taken that day or during the previous shift. This ad-hoc approach meant that imaging studies were often not interpreted by the most qualified specialist in the relevant field. Data indicated that radiologists took longer to analyze images outside their specialty and were more likely to miss crucial details, thereby potentially compromising patient diagnoses.
A client reached out to Sphere with this in mind: their ideal scenario involved matching each imaging study with the radiologist most proficient in its specific medical domain. However, this presented several technical challenges. Frequently, their most qualified radiologists were off-site, working across multiple hospitals and covering a range of specialties. Implementing a system that could securely and efficiently transmit imaging studies, along with all pertinent reference data, to different locations required overcoming significant technological barriers.