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Estimating The Number Of Diagnostic Work Stations In A Digital X-Ray Department
Author(s): John G. Hoffman
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Paper Abstract

The number of diagnostic work stations needed in a digital x-ray department varies as a function of department case load, the primary types of diagnostic activity, the number of radiologists on staff, and their relative proficiencies. Other factors which must be considered are the distribution of work load, the amount of time a user is willing to wait for a station, the cost of the stations, and system reliability. There are two extreme solutions to this problem: one work station per department versus one per radiolo-gist. Empirical data available in the literature provides some limiting assumptions. This paper will use that data and analyze the problem using multi-server queuing theory. Estimates using this approach indicate that an "average" department in a medium to large hospital will need five or more work stations to successfully operate an all digital department.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0536, 3rd Intl Conf on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (16 September 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.947346
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John G. Hoffman, General Electric Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0536:
3rd Intl Conf on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
Samuel J. Dwyer; Robert J. Schneider, Editor(s)

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