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EFFICIENT TECHNIQUE FOR PROTOCOL SELECTION FOR RADIOGRAPHY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246616D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-21
Document File: 6 page(s) / 284K

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Abstract

An efficient technique for protocol selection for radiography is proposed. The technique includes adding an Intelligent Mode button in a user interface of a workstation of the radiography system, a predetermined number of most frequently used protocols on top of protocol options column, and customizing ordering anatomies and views for each anatomy based on frequency or use or operator preference.

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EFFICIENT TECHNIQUE FOR PROTOCOL SELECTION FOR RADIOGRAPHY

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to protocol selection in radiography and more particularly to a technique for efficient protocol selection for radiography.

Generally, user interfaces (UIs) for protocol selection in radiography systems display anatomy to be imaged and views for these anatomies in lists, for example as depicted in Figure 1 and Figure 2 respectively.

Figure 1

Figure 2 depicts list of views for an anatomy, for example spine, displayed in a protocol selection user interface of the radiography system.

Figure 2

However, these lists in the UIs are inefficient for protocol selection because in real world not all radiography systems are used for all available protocols. All options displayed in the lists need to be browsed through by an operator before reaching and selecting a desired option. Such unnecessary browsing increases time required for protocol selection and reduces throughput of the radiography system.

One conventional technique reduces protocol selection time by transferring patient name and related protocol to the radiography system via a radiology information system (RIS) or a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) after a patient registers in a medical centre for digital radiography (DR) examination. When the operator selects name of the patient on a workstation of the radiographic system, the related protocol is automatically selected. However, RIS or PACS is not available in all medical centers.

Further, some radiologists specialize in an anatomy, protocol and view and browsing through all anatomies or views before selecting the anatomy or view of interest, respectively, for each patient, makes protocol selection inefficient. Furthermore, for each anatomy, few views are used more frequently. For example, Postero-Anterior with Wallstand is most frequently used for Chest, LSpine PA/LL and Neck AP/LL are most frequently used views for Spine. However, radiologist has to browse among all views to select the desired view. Conventional UIs are rigid and lack customization for individual radiologist preferences making protocol selection repetitive and time consuming.

It would be desirable to have an efficient technique for protocol selection for radiography.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts list of anatomies displayed in a protocol selection user interface of a radiography system.

Figure 2 depicts list of views for an anatomy, for example spine, displayed in a protocol selection user interface of the radiography system.

Figure 3 depicts an “Intelligent Mode” button added in a user interface of a workstation of the radiography system.

Figure 4 depicts a predetermined number of most frequently used protocols displayed on top of protocol options column.

Figure 5 depicts a configured list of anatomies displayed for direct selection of anatomy of interest.

Figure 6 depicts an unordered list of views (6a) according to conve...