13 March 2008 Workflow in interventional radiology: uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)
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Workflow analysis can be used to record the steps taken during clinical interventions with the goal of identifying bottlenecks and streamlining the procedure efficiency. In this study, we recorded the workflow for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) procedures in the interventional radiology suite at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, USA. We employed a custom client/server software architecture developed by the Innovation Center for Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) at the University of Leipzig, Germany. This software runs in a JAVA environment and enables an observer to record the actions taken by the physician and surgical team during these interventions. The data recorded is stored as an XML document, which can then be further processed. We recorded data from 30 patients and found a mean intervention time of 01:49:46 (+/- 16:04) minutes. The critical intervention step, the embolization, had a mean time of 00:15:42 (+/- 05:49) minutes, which was only 15% of the total intervention time.
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David Lindisch, Thomas Neumuth, Oliver Burgert, James Spies, Kevin Cleary, "Workflow in interventional radiology: uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)", Proc. SPIE 6919, Medical Imaging 2008: PACS and Imaging Informatics, 69190Y (13 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.772355; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.772355
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