A snapshot of teleradiology practice in Turkey: the results of a survey among radiologists

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Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, vol.29, no.1, pp.46-52, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/dir.2022.221713
  • Journal Name: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.46-52
  • Keywords: Teleradiology, survey, Turkey
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2023, Turkish Society of Radiology. All rights reserved.PURPOSE This study featured a survey that offers a snapshot of various teleradiology practices in Turkey, a Group of Twenty country that has undertaken a major transformation of its health care system during the last two decades and is currently the world leader in terms of the combined number of per capita magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography examinations performed (which represent the bulk of teleradiology services worldwide). METHODS The study data was collected from 4736 Turkish Society of Radiology (TSR) members via an elec-tronic platform in the web environment through a questionnaire consisting of 24 questions. The survey was conducted in a 3-month time window (March–May 2021). Statistical tools were used for the analysis of the quantitative data. RESULTS Responses from 156 members of the TSR comprised the study data, revealing that teleradiology is used for various applications in Turkey. Almost half of the participants (49%) performed telera-diology only in the private sector. Half of the respondents (51%) stated that they reported images at home for multiple centers. Moreover, 38% of the participants had been reporting more than 50 examinations per day, and 74% of the respondents earned less than 0.50 Euro per examination they reported. The overall satisfaction with teleradiology among the teleradiologists was, on average, 4.7 out of 10 points. CONCLUSION The results are both promising for the future (i.e., concerning the propensity for adopting new tech-nology) and alarming for the current state of affairs (i.e., insufficient radiologist reimbursement and lack of licensing and accreditation of teleradiology service providers). Periodic surveys performed in countries with different health care systems concerning financial, technical, and medicolegal as-pects might reveal an up-to-date landscape of teleradiology practices worldwide and help guide local and regional decision-makers.