Unnamed Administration sources reported that Stephen Sprunk said:

BW, of course, depends on how fast you want the transfers to go. The film files
are in the hundreds of MB range, and providers are upgrading from FT1 FR to FT3
ATM at major sites.

The answer is "not wait at all"...

See, over the last 20 years, radiologists went from being the
butt of MD jokes to being high demand subspecialists. They can
look at a view and charge {say} $100 for a glance.

If they can do say 5/minute, great. Ten, better. But in any case,
no way will [s]he cool heels waiting for an image to paint.

You want a buffer locally of the next n just to be sure.
They might send, oh, 6 scans; he looks at the first and says
"Forget the rest, this guy's got {Mumble}, call the surgeon."
(Or "Call the morgue, this guy will be there shortly..")

Actually the way it seems to work is head over to the local server, and the radiologist goes through several patients at a time, taking not of any notations the techie made on the film. I do not think most are emergencies or code blues, just someone coming in with a pain etc. 5min probably wont make a difference. If they are really showing those kind of problems then of course the doctor is called in from home by the attending.

Still for remote clinics etc, it's a powerful resource. Maybe for second opinions when something isnt clear when surgery is needed immediately or not.

I also know that certain places do not have good health care like indian reservations say in Alaska. This way an expert can really help even if not local.

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