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 Link to this message Neelam Dugar  posted on Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 07:46 am Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

The national PET-CT contract is being composed red for re-tender. In my view, Image Acquisition and Image Reporting need to be separated in the tender. Tendering should be for image acquisition only--NOT reporting. There IS need for centralised PET-CT image acquisition. However, images should be then sent back to the local PACS (from where the referral originated).

Modern PACS systems are capable of PET-CT display and reporting-either inherently or via use of a plug-in. Reporting on local PACS will result in high quality reports as radiologists reporting in the local institutions will have
1. access to full imaging history--prior MRI, CT etc and reports
2. access to histopathology, blood results
3. access to MDT outcomes, clinic letters, discharge summaries etc
This is essential for a high quality patient service

If local hospitals do NOT have local PET-CT reporting expertise, they can
1. insource reporting from a local hospital or
2. outsource reporting
until they recruit someone with PET-CT reporting expertise
They should be given the choice.

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