Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Feasibility of using teleradiology to improve tuberculosis screening and case management in a district hospital in Malawi Results From September 2010 to September 2011, 159 X-ray images from 158 patients at the Thyolo District Hospital were sent for teleradiology. The characteristics of the patients and images are listed in Table 1. Of the X-rays sent for teleradiology, 95.6% were chest radiographs, 3.8% were spine radiographs and 0.6% was not documented in the database as either chest or spine. Only four X-rays had to be repeated to improve image quality; 83.6% of the images were of good quality and 58.2% were considered conclusive for a final diagnosis based on image alone.

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