Configurable Workflow Method
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-06
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A system configured to allow configuration of workflows associated with the system based on preferences of a user is presented. The system includes one or more configurable shortcut keys positioned on a GUI of the system, where the configurable shortcut keys may be configured to allow the clinician to customize each of the numerous tasks to suit their specific application needs. Additionally, the system may also be configured to allow the user or field engineer to assign one or more different system functionalities to one shortcut key depending on an operating state of the imaging system.
Configurable Workflow Method
 The invention relates generally to imaging systems, and more particularly to customization of workflows.
 Diagnostic imaging has emerged into an essential aspect of patient care. Medical images that are obtained during a diagnostic imaging session have evolved as tools that allow a clinician non-invasive means to view anatomical cross-sections of internal organs, tissues, bones and other anatomical regions of a patient. More particularly, the medical images serve the clinician in diagnosis of disease states, determination of suitable treatment options and/or monitoring the effects of treatment. As will be appreciated, medical images may be obtained from a broad spectrum of imaging modalities, such as, but not limited to computed tomography (CT) imaging, ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, digital mammography, X-ray imaging, nuclear medicine imaging, or positron emission tomography (PET) imaging.
 As will be appreciated, an imaging system, such as a digital X-Ray machine typically includes a graphic user interface (GUI) that is configured to aid a user, such as a clinician, to carry out tasks, such as, but not limited to, conducting a physical exam, managing work lists, organizing images, visualizing images, system management, and the like. However, currently available imaging systems, such as the currently available X-Ray imaging systems disadvantageously allow the clinician to only use fixed workflows that have been strictly defined by the manufacturer of the X-ray imaging system. Unfortunately, use of these fixed workflows provides the clinician with predefined fixed links to system functionalities such as menu items or navigation bars. Also, use of these fixed workflows provides fails to allow the clinician or customer to configure the imaging system to suit their specific application needs as the content and layout of keyboard shortcuts corresponding to menu items or navigation bars are previously defined and fixed.
 It may therefore be desirable to develop a robust technique and system for enabling customization of workflow that advantageously facilitates substantially superior performance of the imaging system. In particular, there is a need for a system that may be configured to allow the clinician to customize workflows to suit their specific application needs.
 These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become better understood when the following detailed description is read with reference to the accompanying drawings in which like characters represent like parts throughout the drawings, wherein:
 FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic illustration of an embodiment of a GUI having one or more configurable shortcut keys on the GUI, in accordance with a...