Now we have our own scare and 5,700 images are in question and nearly 5,000 people are involved.
Point #1 - Volume - But as I heard the story last night, I got to wondering - there are 47,000 households on PEI.
10% of Islanders are involved? Doesn't this sound odd to you too? What is going on that so many of us "need" imaging?
Point #2 - Volume - A huge challenge for all rural societies is to have skilled technicians locate in the hinterland. Realistically will PEI ever get a lot of technical talent here? When I say technical talent I mean the ability to interpret complex situations such as interpret pictures and to do complicated but routine operations such as knees. To be any good you have to have talent and you have to have lots of volume.
Why not have a strategy to define a sector of treatment that has to be done in a large centre and send the images there and send the patient there if necessary?
It will never happen that a place like PEI can have a critcal mass of such talent here.