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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 4126841, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4126841
Research Article

The Effects of Real-Time Interactive Multimedia Teleradiology System

Department of Information Technology, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Received 9 December 2015; Revised 3 April 2016; Accepted 26 April 2016

Academic Editor: Rituraj Purohit

Copyright © 2016 Lilac Al-Safadi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study describes the design of a real-time interactive multimedia teleradiology system and assesses how the system is used by referring physicians in point-of-care situations and supports or hinders aspects of physician-radiologist interaction. We developed a real-time multimedia teleradiology management system that automates the transfer of images and radiologists’ reports and surveyed physicians to triangulate the findings and to verify the realism and results of the experiment. The web-based survey was delivered to 150 physicians from a range of specialties. The survey was completed by 72% of physicians. Data showed a correlation between rich interactivity, satisfaction, and effectiveness. The results of our experiments suggest that real-time multimedia teleradiology systems are valued by referring physicians and may have the potential for enhancing their practice and improving patient care and highlight the critical role of multimedia technologies to provide real-time multimode interactivity in current medical care.