MRI protocols are instruction sheets that radiology technologists use in routine clinical practice for guidance (e.g., slice
position, acquisition parameters etc.). In Mayo Clinic Arizona (MCA), there are over 900 MR protocols (ranging across
neuro, body, cardiac, breast etc.) which makes maintaining and updating the protocol instructions a labor intensive effort.
The task is even more challenging given different vendors (Siemens, GE etc.). This is a universal problem faced by all
the hospitals and/or medical research institutions. To increase the efficiency of the MR practice, we designed and
implemented a web-based platform (eProtocol) to automate the management of MRI protocols. It is built upon a database
that automatically extracts protocol information from DICOM compliant images and provides a user-friendly interface to
the technologists to create, edit and update the protocols. Advanced operations such as protocol migrations from scanner
to scanner and capability to upload Multimedia content were also implemented. To the best of our knowledge, eProtocol
is the first MR protocol automated management tool used clinically. It is expected that this platform will significantly
improve the radiology operations efficiency including better image quality and exam consistency, fewer repeat
examinations and less acquisition errors. These protocols instructions will be readily available to the technologists during
scans. In addition, this web-based platform can be extended to other imaging modalities such as CT, Mammography, and
Interventional Radiology and different vendors for imaging protocol management.
Fei Gao, Yanzhe Xu, Anshuman Panda, Min Zhang, James Hanson, Congzhe Su, Teresa Wu, William Pavlicek, and Judy R. James, "MR efficiency using automated MRI-desktop eProtocol," Proc. SPIE 10138, Medical Imaging 2017: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications, 101380Z (Presented at SPIE Medical Imaging: February 16, 2017; Published: 13 March 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2249712.
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