Rare conditions often lead to compounding issues on the patient end. Not only are the people affected forced to sometimes go to extended, obscure, and sometimes expensive treatment to handle their condition, but they are often most likely to experience delayed diagnosis. Because some medical professionals may not be as trained to handle their condition, or that they may assume another condition is the root cause first, many patients have to get several opinions before knowing the truth. This could lead to a potential hazard to their quality of life. Here is how medical imaging can play a vital role in this regard.
As a start, in cases like cardiac sarcoidosis in the lung or mesothelioma, medical imaging is one of the most effective ways to capture evidence of the disease, where symptoms on the surface may resemble other, more common conditions. As an added note, though, professionals may need to combine different practices along with the conventional chest x-ray to know for certain.
Another key use for medical imaging is early detection, especially when combined with artificial intelligence. Imagine a future where combining these programs with pre-screened images could help radiologists determine things like the presence of tumors at a faster rate. In addition, AI is naturally designed to improve, so the system would only get better at detecting things over time.
Certain rare conditions can be difficult to target without the most sophisticated medical imaging equipment. In other cases, they may look similar enough to more common conditions that additional testing is required to differentiate them. In both cases, it’s important that you take the time to invest in the best equipment possible to provide proper treatment for all of your patients. When you are ready to do so, your starting point should be a consultation with JPI Healthcare Solutions. We are able to find the best fit possible based on your practice, budget, and needs.