Digital Radiology to Improve the Quality of Care in Countries with Limited Resources: A Feasibility Study from Angola

Floriana Zennaro, Joaquim António Oliveira Gomes, Armando Casalino, Magda Lonardi, Meta Starc, Pierpaolo Paoletti, Daniele Gobbo, Chiara Giusto, Tarcisio Not, Marzia Lazzerini

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Abstract

Objective:Sub-standard quality in X-ray image acquisition and interpretation is common in low-resource countries, and can ultimately result in higher patient morbidity and mortality. This study aimed at evaluating; 1) feasibility of implementing a digital X-ray device in a second level hospital in Angola; 2) quality of digital X-ray images, when digital radiology was in the hands of local technicians; 3) feasibility of digital teleradiology and its potential impact on case management.Methods:We developed and tested at the Hospital Divina Providencia (HDP) in Luanda, Angola, a digital X-ray device and a telemedicine network to acquire and print digital X-ray images and send them as DICOM files for remote consultation.Results:20,564 digital X-ray images were made at HDP from November 2010 to December 2012, with no major technical problems and no need for on-site supervision. Digital radiology largely improved the number of X-ray images of good and very good quality (100% of images with digital radiology, compared to 15% of screen-film images, p

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere73939
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 25 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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