Decision Support in Medical Imaging for Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare providers have the privileged to use complex technologies and high-end imaging modalities at the cross road of providing healthcare.
They have the duty to make sure they use appropriate technologies and
imaging modalities in orde to provide accessible, payable, high quality and safe care.
Criteria for Appropriate Imaging :
Evidence-based guidelines to assist clinical providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition.
Employing these guidelines helps providers enhance quality of care and
contribute to the most efficacious use of medical imaging. To maximize the benefits to outweigh costs and any risk of harm to patients,
primarily from radiation exposure.
Reasons for Appropriate Imaging
Improve efficiency: reduce call backs/interruptions
Improve patient satisfaction: reduce cancellation of studies/delays
Improve patient safety: reduce redundancies
Become familiar with appropriateness criteria: ensure effective imaging Discuss risks associated with radiation exposure