Radiology's Big Move to Eliminate CDs


Many radiology departments and patients still use cumbersome, inefficient CDs to share medical images. Fortunately, there is also a growing movement to promote digital alternatives.


The Problem With CDs in Radiology


CDs became popular in the 1990s as a superior alternative to large, bulky images on film. They also helped empower patients, improving access to their own health images. Many patients, in fact, still request medical images on a CD.


Unfortunately, this can be a difficult request for the radiology staff to fulfill. More recent computer models no longer have built-in CD drives. Radiology staff also may not have the time to add images from a CD to their health system’s PACS. The sender’s CD viewer also may not be compatible with the receiver’s.


Removing CDs From Radiology


Several organizations and vendors are promoting more secure, digital alternatives to CDs for sharing medical images. In their article “Digging the Ditch,” Radiology Today looked at some of these efforts.


  • The American College of Radiology (ACR)’s Informatics Commission is collaborating with the ACR Data Science Institute and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to create a task force focused on the move to #DitchTheDisk. This task force will consider how radiologists can encourage their institutions to transition away from CDs to secure, cloud-based file sharing.

  • The trade association CommonWell Health Alliance is collaborating with Carequality, an initiative of The Sequoia Project to build a common interoperability framework, to increase national health IT connectivity.

  • Novarad is also participating in the move to eliminate CD usage with its cloud-based image-sharing solution CryptoChart. Our HIPAA-compliant solution uses a small, networked router and a compact QR code printer. Viewing health images requires a single, time-sensitive QR code.


CryptoChart can be set up in minutes and requires no specialized training to use. For a limited time, you can sign up for a free trial and see if a CD-free solution fits in your workflow.

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