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Technology assessment of PACS: measurement and analysis of radiologists' reporting times when reporting from film
Author(s): Stirling Bryan; Gwyneth C. Weatherburn; Justin Keen; Nicole Muris; Martin J. Buxton
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a research project which explored the reasons for variation in reporting time by senior radiologists. The objective was to identify factors which are important to control for in an assessment of the impact of the introduction of a PACS on reporting times. An observational study of reporting by senior radiologists at Hammersmith Hospital was initially undertaken for a period of 25 days. At all times during the working day on the days chosen for the study, an independent health service researcher observed the radiologist reporting on both urgent and non-urgent images. Data were collected on a variety of factors including the time taken to produce the report, the number and nature of the images viewed and the disturbances that occurred. Regression analysis techniques were used to analyze the data in order to identify the factors which explain variation in reporting times. The paper reports the research methods and results from the baseline data on working with conventional hard copy film at Hammersmith Hospital.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174378
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Stirling Bryan, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gwyneth C. Weatherburn, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Justin Keen, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Nicole Muris, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Martin J. Buxton, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2165:
Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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