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Use of miniPACS technology in ultrasound: the potential for productivity improvement
Author(s): Steven C. Horii; Eric R. Feingold; Beverly Coleman; Peter H. Arger; Jill Langer; Jill Jacobs; Harvey Nisenbaum; Susan Rowling; Sridhar B. Seshadri
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Paper Abstract

Two approaches were taken to evaluating the potential for productivity improvement that could result from use of a miniPACS in the ultrasound section. First, a time-motion study was carried out on conventional, non-networked ultrasound machines to determine the amount of time that sonographers spend handling film. A component of this was also the darkroom time and was separately measured. Second, a field trial of an ultrasound system that incorporated centralized printing techniques was done. The first study showed a mean film handling time of 28.3 seconds per film (standard deviation: 11.4 seconds) and a darkroom time (not processing time) of 16.3 seconds per film (standard deviation: 4.2 seconds). Expanding these to multiple films per study and multiple studies per sonographer shows that elimination of film handling by `partial PACS' centralized printing or `miniPACS' for ultrasound can result in additional sonographer time available for examinations, or reductions in sonographer overtime.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2435, Medical Imaging 1995: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208783
Show Author Affiliations
Steven C. Horii, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Eric R. Feingold, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Beverly Coleman, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Peter H. Arger, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Jill Langer, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Jill Jacobs, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Harvey Nisenbaum, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Susan Rowling, Univ. of Pennsylvania Hospital (United States)
Sridhar B. Seshadri, Kodak Health Imaging Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2435:
Medical Imaging 1995: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
R. Gilbert Jost; Samuel J. Dwyer, Editor(s)

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