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A TECHNIQUE FOR CUSTOMIZING MEDICAL IMAGING WORKFLOW BASED ON USER PROFILE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246451D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 248K

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Abstract

A technique for customizing medical imaging workflow based on user profile is proposed. The technique includes identifying a user, recording selections made by the user at different levels of an imaging workflow and frequency of making these selections, and creating a favorite summary page presenting more frequent selections made by the user. The favorite summary page enables one step confirmation from the user for exposure and obtaining an image.

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A TECHNIQUE FOR CUSTOMIZING MEDICAL IMAGING WORKFLOW BASED ON USER PROFILE

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to medical imaging and more particularly to a technique for customizing medical imaging workflow based on user profile.

Medical imaging procedures generally require various settings to be done before starting a scan. An operator makes numerous selections and inputs information at different levels in a workflow of the imaging procedure. The different levels for example, include a first level of selecting a normal examination or an emergency examination, a second level for input of patient information such as age, weight and height, a third level for input of anatomy to be imaged, a fourth level for input of examination parameters, and so on.

There are multiple levels after the examination procedure also such as printing preferences and image management and communication preferences, for example using a film, DVD, or picture archiving and communication system (PACS). While some operators and medical care giving centers use and implement different options available at all these levels, some operators do not require all these options and use a fixed workflow. For example, some imaging centers do not use PACS and deliver images as films only.  Also, most operators have preferences or more frequently used options at each level. Running through all options available at each level and selecting the desired ones wastes time and effort of the operators and adversely affects throughput. 

It would be desirable to have a technique customizing medical imaging workflow based on user profile.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts selections made by a user at different levels of an imaging protocol and recordation of frequency of the selections.

Figure 2 depicts a favorite summary page comprising frequent selections made by the user.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A technique for customizing medical imaging workflow based on user profile is proposed. The technique includes identifying a user, recording selections made by the user at different levels of an imaging workflow and frequency of making these selections, and creating a favorite summary page presenting more frequent selections made by the user. The favorite summary page enables one step confirmation from the user for exposure and obtaining an image.

When the user logs into a medical imaging system via a computer console, the user is identified with an associated user account or a unique id. As depicted in Figure 1, selections made by the user at different levels of the imaging workflow and frequency of these selections are recorded. 

Figure 1

For example, the user runs through level 1, level 2 and level 3 of the imaging workflow multiple times. The user chooses only an elephant option and a whale option at level 1 and chooses the whale option twice as many times as the elephant option. Similarly, at level 2, the user chooses a brain option...