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01.01.2019 | Mobile & Wireless Health | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Journal of Medical Systems 1/2018

Mobile Workflow in Computed Tomography of the Chest

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Journal of Medical Systems > Ausgabe 1/2018
Autoren:
Matthias Wetzl, Melanie Weller, Rafael Heiss, Eleni Schrüfer, Wolfgang Wuest, Carsten Thierfelder, Daniel Lerch, Alexander Cavallaro, Patrick Amarteifio, Michael Uder, Matthias Stefan May
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This article is part of the Topical Collection on Mobile & Wireless Health

Abstract

A CT system with a tablet as mobile user interface and a wireless remote control for positioning and radiation release has recently been presented. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of a mobile CT examination workflow on the radiographers’ performance compared to conventional examinations. A prototype of a radiation protection cabin was installed besides the gantry of a CT system. The CT system was equipped with a simplified user interface on a portable tablet and a mobile remote control. 98 patients with an indication for CT of the chest were randomly assigned to examination using the mobile devices (study group, n = 47) or using the conventional stationary workflow on the console (reference group, n = 51). Three ceiling mounted fisheye cameras were used for motion tracking of the radiographers, two in the examination room and one in the control room. Relative density of detection heat-maps and area counts were assessed using a dedicated software tool to quantify radiographers’ movements. Duration of each task of the examination was manually recorded using a stopwatch. In the reference group 25% of the area counts were located inside of the examination room, while it was 48% in the study group. The time spent in the same room with the patient increased from 3:06 min (29%) to 6:01 min (57%) using the mobile workflow (p < 0.05), thereof 0:59 min (9%) were spent in moderate separation with maintained voice and visual contact in the radiation protection cabin. Heat-maps showed an increase of the radiographer’s working area, indicating a higher freedom of movement. Total duration of the examination was slightly less in the study group without statistical significance (median time: study 10:36, reference 10:50 min; p = 0.29). A mobile CT examination transfers the radiographers’ interaction with the scanner from the control room into the examination room. There, radiographers’ freedom of movement is higher, without any tradeoffs regarding the examination duration.

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