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Provide complete subspecialty coverage and ensure all complex and high-risk imaging is read by the appropriate subspecialist

Specialization is one of the most important and most often sacrificed standards of care in radiology today. According to the Journal of American College of Radiology, a fairly large practice size of at least 20 radiologists is required to cover the fields of radiology with subspecialty expertise.1

When you take into account availability (hours of work, vacations, etc.), cases within a given areas of subspecialty, and the overall volume of studies across a larger health system, this number is exponentially magnified. Traditional providers lack the scale, breadth of subspecialty and sophisticated technology required to deliver a higher and consistent standard of care.

The Radiology Quality Institute (RQI) recommends that 100% of MR, PET, Pediatric and Women’s imaging should be read by radiologists with fellowship training, CAQ and/or proven expertise.2 When coupled with the RQI’s base standard that all reports should be final, this specialization performance standard requires the contractual availability of all key radiology subspecialists around-the-clock.

Radisphere has the largest and most preeminent network of subspecialists in the United States, with more than 150 radiologists who are trained in the fields of Neuro, MSK, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac, Body, Women’s Imaging, Pediatric and Interventional radiology. Radisphere subspecialty radiologists typically read 30% of the study volume at our hospital clients, which includes 100% of all MR, PET, Pediatric and Women’s imaging, as well as high risk studies with the potential for significant pathology. Radisphere’s cloud-based workflow management software uses advanced routing logic to ensure the right radiologist reads the right study every time.

Radisphere makes it easy for systems and medical providers to access the expertise of our highly-trained subspecialist radiologists without adding to your onsite radiology staff or changing local radiology providers. They have the flexibility to use our teleradiology network, which ranked #1 by KLAS in 2011, to fill in gaps in coverage as needed.


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2. Proven expertise is determined by radiologist QA scores and study volume in area of expertise.