Scheduling of CT and MR exams requires reasonable estimates for expected scan duration. However, scan-time variability and efficiency gains from combining multiple exams are not quantitatively well characterized. In this work, we developed an informatics approach to quantify typical duration, duration variability, and multiple-procedure efficiency on a large scale, and used the approach to analyze 48,766 CT- and MR-based neuroradiological exams performed over one year. We found MR exam durations demonstrated higher absolute variability, but lower relative variability and lower multiple-procedure efficiency, compared to CT exams (p < 0.001). Our approach enables quantification of real-world operational performance and variability to inform optimal patient scheduling, efficient resource utilization, and sustainable service planning.
- Computed tomography
- Current Procedural Terminology
- Magnetic resonance