Hospitals’ Dental Access Pathway

What is the Dental Access Pathway?

The Dental Access Pathway is a streamlined patient referral process for you the dentist to refer your patients for specialist imaging services at your local hospital.

Why is it needed?

Previously, patients were sent to the hospital with print out or paper version of their current images. The hospital has to re-image the patient because image quality is not sufficient. This needlessly adds a cost burden to the hospital, as well as giving avoidable radiation exposure to the patient.

How does the Dental Access Pathway work?

It uses ShareMyXray, a GDPR-compliant medical image sharing service, but no installation is needed as it’s all handled in a web browser. You only need the practice email address to register your practice.

ShareMyXray's Upload files dialog

When making the referral, you also

  1. Export the patient’s images (DICOM export) from your modality
  2. Login to ShareMyXray and click Send / Upload imaging.
  3. Pick the destination hospital, drag-and-drop the folder with the images you just exported.

That’s it. Detailed instructions here if needed. The full image quality is sent, improving your patient’s follow-on care.

What is the cost?

Registering your practice is free, and there is no standing charge for dentists’ low volumes either. So there is only the pay-as-you-go fee for each study transferred.

This is billed by Direct Debit in batches of 10. You set up the DD within ShareMyXray after creating your account. Latest pricing is in the DirectDebit calculator on the billing page once logged in.

You are given free transfers to get going immediately, as the Direct Debit mandate takes a few days before it’s enabled. You can use the free transfers for anything you wish – testing, training or sharing studies with other hospitals.

As part of the Dental Access Pathway, the status of whether a Direct Debit set up or not is visible to the Hospital.