The diagnostic performance of a PC-based teleradiology link

L D Calder, J R Maclean, A P Bayliss, F J Gilbert, A M Grant

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AIM: Evaluation of the diagnostic performance of a personal computer based teleradiology link.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two experienced radiologists assessed 100 cases, all based on chest and skeletal films using teleradiology for 50, These assessments were compared with the consensus of a panel of three independent radiologists.

RESULTS: Diagnostic performance of teleradiology and conventional film was similar (sensitivity 88 vs 90%; specificity 96 vs 90%; accuracy 91 vs 90%; not significant). However, the quality of teleradiology images was rated poorer, and the confidence in diagnosis was lower with teleradiology. ROC curve analysis, taking into account diagnostic confidence, showed significantly poorer performance for teleradiology at all thresholds when chest X-rays only were considered. There was no significant difference for skeletal images, although the two smooth curves crossed, suggesting teleradiology might be better when the specificity is high.

CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that when this type of teleradiology system is used, the value of rapid reporting must be balanced against poorer image quality, particularly for chest X-rays. (C) 1999 The Royal College of Radiologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-664
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Radiology
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • teleradiology
  • diagnostic performance
  • ROC analysis
  • ROC


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