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Academic Radiologist Temperaments: The Tradeoff between Editing Trainee Radiology Reports and Clinical Productivity (Login may be required)
This study evaluates attending radiologist variation in the finalization of daytime imaging studies. The report hypothesizes an inverse relationship between the quantity of edits made to trainee preliminary reports by attending radiologists and the number of cases read by attending radiologists during the clinical day.
Attending Radiologists Report Editing Time Does Not Significantly Impact Report Turn Around Time (Login may be required)
Attending radiologists, working in academic departments, teach radiology trainees valuable reporting skills as part of their daily workflow. Part of this process of teaching trainees reporting skills requires attending radiologists to edit trainee preliminary reports that have been submitted to the Radiology Information System and/or the Hospital Information System. This study seeks to quantify the extent of changes made to trainee preliminary reports by attending radiologists during the report finalization process and assess whether variations in the extent of editing behaviors are correlated with examination turn around time.
Automated Image Post-Processing System: Improving the Radiology Workflow through Automation (Login may be required)
Many of the advancements in medical image analysis are restricted to the research arena and have not penetrated the clinical workflow. The forte of the PACS system is to store and move medical images in an optimal way and may include various applications allowing the radiologist to visualize the images and dictate their reports. Therefore, these issues are resolved if advanced processing can be performed automatically and delivered to the PACS before the radiologist interacts with the case.
"Autopage" and the Use of Computer Scripts to Automate Microtasks (Login may be required)
Paging referring physicians with imaging results is a critical task performed by radiologists. This "microtask" takes under one minute, but often generates repeated distractions that may contribute to fatigue and decreased attention. Even worse, paging may be delayed or forgotten if it is cannot be performed efficiently. An automated paging script could significantly decrease the amount of time needed and, more importantly, decrease distractions incurred by sending pages for both routine and critical communications.