WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla General Hospital is partnering with Inland Imaging to offer image reading and distribution to area physicians and patients.
Starting this month, physicians and patients will receive high quality, subspecialty radiology interpretations of their imaging exams. The hospital will also connect into the Inland Imaging distribution network that allows patient information and images to be shared via secure, high-speed networks throughout the Western United States, noted hospital spokeswoman, Kristi Spurgeon Johnson.
Inland Imaging is one of a few radiology groups in Washington state to offer subspecialty reads for medical imaging exams, resulting in a higher level of expertise and care for the patient, she added.
Dr. Brian Rich has joined Inland Imaging as their onsite radiologist to oversee and monitor all exam interpretations. He has been serving as an independent radiologist in Walla Walla.
In addition, Inland Imaging will offer real time reading of studies performed after-hours, utilizing one of their subspecialty trained Emergency Radiologists located in Spokane.
The collaboration will provide a higher level of radiology service to the community, believes Monty Knittel, president of General Hospital.