Radiology embraces filmless solutions

May 18, 2004

Three decades after CT opened the door to digital imaging, soft-copy reading is finally taking hold. A survey by IMV Medical Information Division found that 40% of the radiology imaging sites surveyed by the firm use no film for primary diagnosis for at

Three decades after CT opened the door to digital imaging, soft-copy reading is finally taking hold. A survey by IMV Medical Information Division found that 40% of the radiology imaging sites surveyed by the firm use no film for primary diagnosis for at least some modalities. About 28% of the imaging procedures performed at the 3000 survey sites use no film for primary diagnosis-three times the percentage of procedures performed this way in 1998. Seven percent reported being completely filmless.