Most people, at some point in their lives, have had an x-ray. It’s a common practice. In fact, today at Yale-New Haven Hospital alone, every year more than 70 radiologists perform more than one million x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI imaging studies to diagnose and monitor the treatment of various health conditions for more than 500,000 people. Typically, once an image is taken, it is digitized and can be immediately shared electronically with the patient’s general practitioner and other medical specialists, enabling them to make a quick diagnosis and provide care in a timely manner.
In many countries, however, operating an effective medical imaging program is much more challenging. Many imaging programs worldwide still use hard-copy film, which is expensive, frequently in short supply, and not as easily and quickly shared as digitized images.