Digital technology to boost patient care

Digital technology will soon improve patient care at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.

The hospital is introducing digital imaging, also known as Picture Archival Communication System – PACS – to its radiology department, with an overseas doctor serving as consultant radiologist.

Dr. Yaron Rado, who helped to develop the PACS system, has worked for the Cayman Islands Health Services as a consultant radiologist since June of 2005.

He will be based in Germany and provide tele-radiology services in real time, said a CTMH press release. He will also visit Cayman several times a year to assist with elective procedures such as CT guided biopsy, abscess drainage and needle localizations in mammography.

PACS replaces hard copies of film by storing and communicating digital radiology images, such as CT or MRI scans. These images are immediately available to physicians, so a patient can get a diagnosis more quickly.

‘With Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital’s recent investment of state-of-the-art digital radiology equipment including X-ray, mammography machine, CT scanner and MRI that is scheduled to be operational by year’s end, retaining Dr Rado’s expertise was an imperative as he is the only specially trained physician for CT and MRI in Cayman,’ said Acting Hospital Acting Administrator Randall Arlett.

‘We will be using technology to make the world a smaller place and creating a situation for the highest level of care to be provided locally in Cayman without patients having to travel abroad. CTMH’s radiology technology is now all digital so that images can be sent electronically to Germany for Dr. Rado and a team of specialist radiologists to read instantly.’

The system will allow all readings and results to be returned to the physician within 24 hours.

‘Faster results mean physicians can obviously provide a smoother, more streamlined service to their patients, and it also reduces the anxiety levels of patients who will get results from their tests much quicker,’ he said in the release.

‘We are proud to be on the cutting edge of this technology and know this new system will greatly improve physician access to patient imaging studies.’

Dr. Rado completed his medical training at the University of Hamburg graduating in 1999 and completed his residency in radiology at the University of Duesseldorf. He is a board certified radiologist in Germany, and registered with the General Medical Council, UK.

Dr. Rado has experience in mammography, CT, MRI and interventional angiography.

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