Time comparison of ICUs with and without digital viewing systems


Journal Article

As hospital radiology departments and ICUs make plans to use or expand the usage of digital data outside of radiology, the need to assess the requirements of the potential recipients in the ICUs has become more important. The present operations in an intensive care unit that uses digital viewing instead of film has been compared with a unit that does not. The difference in time between X-ray exposure and final image viewing was determined in both settings and compared. In this preliminary study significant differences were found between the two units. The odds of having exam results actually accessed by the ordering physician in an hour or less were 9 1/2 times greater for the unit with digital viewing capability than for the one without it.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Humphrey, LM; Fitzpatrick, K; Atallah, N; Ravin, CEMD

Published Date

  • December 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1654 /

Start / End Page

  • 402 - 407

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Citation Source

  • Scopus