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Image Sharing in Radiology—A Primer

Published:January 03, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2016.12.002
      By virtue of its information technology-oriented infrastructure, the specialty of radiology is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of efforts to promote data sharing across the healthcare enterprise, including particularly image sharing. The potential benefits of image sharing for clinical, research, and educational applications in radiology are immense. In this work, our group—the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) Radiology Research Alliance Task Force on Image Sharing—reviews the benefits of implementing image sharing capability, introduces current image sharing platforms and details their unique requirements, and presents emerging platforms that may see greater adoption in the future. By understanding this complex ecosystem of image sharing solutions, radiologists can become important advocates for the successful implementation of these powerful image sharing resources.

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