Radiologists offer ultrasound assessment via telemedicine
Brian Manske, MD
Always on the cutting edge of technology, Gundersen Health System's Imaging team is one of the first in the Tri-state Region to offer real-time ultrasound assessment via telemedicine. The service is available to patients at the Gundersen Decorah, Hillsboro, Onalaska and Prairie du Chien locations and will expand to other Gundersen regional and partner sites soon.
By using telemedicine, Gundersen radiologists can provide further clinical assessment during an ultrasound exam and aid in making a diagnosis.
"I can speak to the patient, watch the ultrasound scan as it is happening, view previous pictures that were taken, ask the sonographer to check or re-check certain areas, and take a patient history during the scan—as if I was present in the exam room with the patient and sonographer," explains Gundersen radiologist Brian Manske, MD.
He recommends ultrasound assessment via telemedicine for:
- Lumps and bumps
- Pyloric stenosis
- Unusual findings from an obstetric ultrasound
- Any atypical exams
Telemedicine allows for a higher-quality, more accurate exam than studying still images alone. "If an exam is atypical, it is best to talk to the sonographer directly and try to best figure out the diagnosis together. I rely on their skill to produce high-quality images at a remote location. There is a lot of back and forth conversation that takes place in the exam room, and telemedicine makes this possible," Dr. Manske adds.
Telemedicine also decreases the turnaround time for results, because patients can receive care close to home, without waiting for an appointment or driving to La Crosse. Patients can also feel confident with the results, knowing a specially trained radiologist has interpreted them.
To schedule a patient for ultrasound assessment via telemedicine, call Gundersen via MedLink at (800) 336-5465 or in La Crosse call 775-5465.