Can the examination time in CT and conventional x-ray be reduced in an emergency department with integrated radiology unit? A retrospective study

Blessing, K.F.; Brabrand, M.; Graumann, O.; Foldrup, A.; Mussmann, B.

Acute Medicine 19(1): 21-25

2020


ISSN/ISBN: 1747-4884
PMID: 32226953
Document Number: 18099
Quick radiological diagnosis is often needed in order to allow the clinicians to make a diagnosis. The purpose of this study was to measure examination time for radiology procedures before and after physical integration of a radiology unit in the ED. We retrospectively acquired data from the radiology information system and compared time from referral to end of radiological examination before and after physical integration of the radiology unit in the ED for 19,897 X-ray and 6,940 CT examinations. After integration examination time for X-ray examinations was reduced by 5 to 14 minutes (p<0.001). For CT head and chest examination time was reduced by 7 to 15 minutes (p<0.003) while examination time for CT abdomen was prolonged by 4 minutes (p=0.78).

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Can the examination time in CT and conventional x-ray be reduced in an emergency department with integrated radiology unit? A retrospective study