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Improving rural access to radiology services

November 28, 2023
Contributed by: Lee Milligan
Summary
Radiology service access in rural areas can be improved through a mix of business and cultural skills, overcoming workforce shortages and hospital closures, says the Radiological Society of North America. Nationwide physician shortage and hospital closures have made rural radiology practice grim. Challenges include recruiting and retaining radiologists in remote areas. Despite this, some universities report improved wait times and procedures. Solutions include ensuring patients understand appointments, test results, and private equity support. Virtual specialty care also helps overcome shortages, with telemedicine playing a key role. Despite challenges, rural radiologists' varied workload attracts many practitioners.
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