Subspecialized careā€”our goal is for each study to be read by the right radiologist

Strategic Radiology practices have more subspecialized radiologists combined than any other radiology provider in the country.

300+

Body Imagers

200+

Interventional Radiologists

140+

Musculoskeletal Radiologists

75+

Nuclear Medicine/PET Physicians

35+

Nero-interventional Radiologists

200+

Neuroradiologists

200+

Mammographers

100+

General Radiologists

50+

Emergency Radiologists

20+

Chest and Cardiac Radiologists

Benefits of increased subspecialization
Benefits of increased subspecialization

Radiologists look for the presence of disease or pathology in medical images to the best of their professional ability. The most highly skilled radiologists have high accuracy rates and a low percentage of false positive exams. There is some evidence to support the idea that subspecialization in radiology improves quality by:

  • Reducing false positives. A certain percentage of radiology studies are falsely interpreted as positive for disease or pathology. While false positives are inevitable in the highest quality radiology services, too many false positives increases unnecessary follow-up.1
  • Decreasing Cost and Wait Times. Subspecialized radiology can reduce the need for retakes, moderating costs to patients and insurers and reducing wait time for the ordering provider and patients.2

 

1. Lindgren EA, Patel MD, Melikian J, Hara AK. The clinical impact of subspecialized radiologist reinterpretation of abdominal imaging studies, with analysis of the types and relative frequency of interpretation discrepancies. Abdom Imaging.?2014 Oct;39(5):1119-26.  

2. Buist, D.S.M., Anderson, M.L., Haneuse, S.J.P.A. et al.?Influence of annual interpretive volume on screening mammography performance in the United States.?Radiology.?2011;?259:?72–84. 

Providing after-hours subspecialty reads

Our member practices have access to an in-house Subspecialty Reading Network for Strategic Radiology members that provides after-hours and weekend subspecialized coverage in the following subspecialties: 

  • Pediatric 
  • Neuroradiology 
  • Body imaging 
  • MSK 
  • Women’s imaging 
  • Vascular imaging 
  • Nuclear medicine 
  • General imaging 
Providing after-hours subspecialty reads
Alicia Vasquez, CEO

SR Subspecialty Reading Network provides a better platform for the long-term hospital relationship, eliminating the ‘we/they’ finger-pointing scenario.

Alicia Vasquez, CEO
Radiant Imaging/Hill Medical Corporation, Pasadena, CA

Christopher Hedley, MD, President

Every key stakeholder on the hospital side of the equation has remained extremely pleased with the clinical quality of the service and appreciates the fact that it is an extension of our group through Strategic Radiology, and not an unaffiliated, third-party entity.

Christopher Hedley, MD, President
Radiant Imaging/Hill Medical Corporation, Pasadena, CA

Our Subspecialty Reading Network

The cornerstone of Strategic Radiology’s Subspecialty Reading Network is its ability to quickly establish a strong foundation of trust and mutual respect between its radiologists and member group hospital affiliates. Because the SR after-hours Subspecialty Reading Network is owned, staffed, and used by Strategic Radiology practices, it’s held accountable to delivering the exact same high standards of clinical service quality shared by member practices.

Our Subspecialty Reading Network
Our goal

Our Strategic Plan calls for the construction of a clinically integrated platform and network to provide greater access to subspecialization when and where it is needed.

Clinical Platform and Network