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J Digit Imaging. 2010 Dec;23(6):666-73. doi: 10.1007/s10278-009-9213-9. Epub 2009 May 23.

Workflow efficiency comparison of a new CR system with traditional CR and DR systems in an orthopedic setting.

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Department of Radiology, Radiological Physics Division, University of Florida, 1600 SW Archer Road, P. O. Box 100374, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA. hartmb@radiology.ufl.edu

Abstract

Workflow efficiency is a crucial factor in selecting computed radiography (CR) versus digital radiography (DR) systems for digital projection radiography operations. DR systems can be more efficient, but present higher costs and limitations in performing some radiographic exams. A newly developed CR system presents a good alternative with its faster line-by-line instead of pixel-by-pixel image plate-scanning technology and a more efficient workstation. To evaluate workflow characteristics, a time-motion study was conducted to compare radiographic exam times of the new CR system with traditional CR and DR systems in a high-volume orthopedic operation. Approximately 200 exams for each modality were documented from the moment when a patient entered the X-ray room to the moment when all images were sent to the PACS archive using a timer and speech-recognition software. Applying Welch ANOVA and Tamhane's T2 tests, average exam times for the new CR system were significantly faster (18-42%; P ≤ 0.025) than for the traditional CR system. Average exam times for the DR system were also faster than for the new CR system by 22-36% (P<0.001) with one exception. In the case where the new CR system was located outside the X-ray room, using a one-technologist workflow model, average single-study exam times were not significantly different from those found when using DR. Therefore, the new CR system may be comparable in efficiency with the DR system for this particular setting and operation.

PMID:
19466499
PMCID:
PMC3046692
DOI:
10.1007/s10278-009-9213-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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