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Dear PACS Insider,

Considering the growth in imaging procedure volume and the relatively low number of new radiologists entering the field each year, many market watchers believe teleradiology will be crucial to filling the staffing gap.

However, to take advantage of the opportunity and clinical benefits of teleradiology, facilities need to clear a number of hurdles, including infrastructure management, medicolegal, and economic issues, according to a recent presentation by Katherine Andriole, Ph.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

As a PACS Insider, you have access to the article before it is published for the rest of our members. To learn more about the technical and functional requirements for teleradiology, click here.

In other articles we're featuring this month in the PACS Digital Community, a team of Japanese researchers recently found that an automated image-matching technique can help identify mislabeled chest x-rays on PACS. You can find staff writer Cynthia Keen's article here.

Also, Canadian researchers from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, found no significant differences among three different image scrolling methods. And Spanish researchers found that a PACS data-mining tool was useful in analyzing computed radiography retake rates.

In other stories, downtime can be the bane of any PACS administrator's existence. At a talk during the recent American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA) meeting in Denver, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo shared some tips on how to prevent this vexing situation, presenting options such as continuous-availability systems, shared-component systems, and clustering. Staff writer Kate Madden Yee covered the talk, which you can find here.

Do you have a topic you'd like to see covered, or are you interested in submitting an article to Please feel free to drop me a line.

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