Mobile Workflow in Computed Tomography of the Chest

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Wetzl M, Weller M, Heiß R, Schrüfer E, Wüst W, Thierfelder C, Lerch D, Cavallaro A, Amarteifio P, Uder M, May M
Journal: Journal of Medical Systems
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 43
Journal issue: 1
ISSN: 0148-5598


A CT system with a tablet as mobile user interface and a wireless remote control for positioning and radiation release has recently been presented. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of a mobile CT examination workflow on the radiographers' performance compared to conventional examinations. A prototype of a radiation protection cabin was installed besides the gantry of a CT system. The CT system was equipped with a simplified user interface on a portable tablet and a mobile remote control. 98 patients with an indication for CT of the chest were randomly assigned to examination using the mobile devices (study group, n = 47) or using the conventional stationary workflow on the console (reference group, n = 51). Three ceiling mounted fisheye cameras were used for motion tracking of the radiographers, two in the examination room and one in the control room. Relative density of detection heat-maps and area counts were assessed using a dedicated software tool to quantify radiographers' movements. Duration of each task of the examination was manually recorded using a stopwatch. In the reference group 25% of the area counts were located inside of the examination room, while it was 48% in the study group. The time spent in the same room with the patient increased from 3:06 min (29%) to 6:01 min (57%) using the mobile workflow (p < 0.05), thereof 0:59 min (9%) were spent in moderate separation with maintained voice and visual contact in the radiation protection cabin. Heat-maps showed an increase of the radiographer's working area, indicating a higher freedom of movement. Total duration of the examination was slightly less in the study group without statistical significance (median time: study 10:36, reference 10:50 min; p = 0.29). A mobile CT examination transfers the radiographers' interaction with the scanner from the control room into the examination room. There, radiographers' freedom of movement is higher, without any tradeoffs regarding the examination duration.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Heiß, Rafael Dr. med.
Professur für Innere Medizin (Hochdruckforschung)
May, Matthias PD Dr.
Radiologisches Institut
Schrüfer, Eleni
Medizinische Fakultät
Uder, Michael Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Diagnostische Radiologie
Wetzl, Matthias
Radiologisches Institut
Wüst, Wolfgang PD Dr.
Medizinische Fakultät

External institutions with authors

Siemens AG, Healthcare Sector

How to cite

Wetzl, M., Weller, M., Heiß, R., Schrüfer, E., Wüst, W., Thierfelder, C.,... May, M. (2018). Mobile Workflow in Computed Tomography of the Chest. Journal of Medical Systems, 43(1).

Wetzl, Matthias, et al. "Mobile Workflow in Computed Tomography of the Chest." Journal of Medical Systems 43.1 (2018).


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