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J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2010 Dec;21(12):1862-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2010.08.012.

Outpatient vascular and interventional radiology practice from 2001-2008.

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Department of Radiology, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55902, USA. misra.sanjay@mayo.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe experience with an outpatient vascular interventional radiology (IR) practice with respect to number of patients seen, number of procedures performed, and number of imaging studies ordered in follow-up.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The outpatient vascular IR practice at the authors' institution was established in 2001 with two physicians spending one half-day per week; a third physician joined in 2004. A retrospective review was done of all patients seen by an interventional radiologist from 2001 to July 2008. The following data were collected for each physician per year: the number of new and established patients seen, the number and type of procedures performed, and the number and type of imaging studies ordered. Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation per physician per year and total number.

RESULTS:

In 2001, the average number of new patients seen was 61 ± 11 (total number = 122), which peaked in 2006 at 127 ± 28 (total number = 380). A similar trend occurred with the established patients. In 2001, the procedure performed with the greatest frequency was abdominal aortogram with stent placement, which started at 18 ± 2 (total number = 35) and peaked by 2006 at 37 ± 23 (total number = 122). The number of ancillary imaging studies ordered by each physician increased each year and by 2006 was nearly 93 ± 77 (total number = 278).

CONCLUSIONS:

A robust outpatient IR practice in vascular disease can be developed in 3-5 years with downstream imaging studies being ordered for the radiology department.

PMID:
21111366
DOI:
10.1016/j.jvir.2010.08.012
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