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Influence of enhanced visual processing (EVP) of chest images on workflow
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Krupinski; Martin Radvany; Alan Levy; Daniel Ballenger; Jonathan E. Tucker; Anna K. Chacko; Richard L. Van Metter
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Paper Abstract

The goal was to determine the influence of processing radiographic images with an Enhanced Visualization Processing (EVP) method on workflow in a PACS environment. Portable CR chest images were obtained and processed with either a Fuji CR unit (no EVP) or with a Kodak CR unit (EVP). A security camera with VCR for recording was positioned above the workstation. Four radiologists reviewed the images during their normal work schedule. The current diagnostic image was used to determine if the case was EVP or non-EVP. Only cases with 3 images were used in the analysis. The videotapes of the sessions were reviewed to determine diagnostic viewing times and whether zoom and/or window/level was used. Viewing time was significantly longer for the non-EVP than the EVP cases. The difference occurred with all readers, but was highest for reader 1. Window/level was used on 35% of the EVP and 41% of the non-EVP images. The difference was not significant. Zoom was used on 64% of the EVP and 69% of the non-EVP images. EVP processing of chest images displayed on PACS monitors significantly improves workflow and viewing time. It decreases (although not significantly) use of window/level, but not use of zooming.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4324, Medical Imaging 2001: Image Perception and Performance, (26 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.431175
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Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Martin Radvany, Brook Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Alan Levy, Brook Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Daniel Ballenger, Brook Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan E. Tucker, Brook Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Anna K. Chacko, Brook Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Richard L. Van Metter, Eastman Kodak Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4324:
Medical Imaging 2001: Image Perception and Performance
Elizabeth A. Krupinski; Dev Prasad Chakraborty, Editor(s)

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