MR efficiency using automated MRI-desktop eProtocol

Fei Gao, Yanzhe Xu, Anshuman Panda, Min Zhang, James Hanson, Congzhe Su, Teresa Wu, William Pavlicek, Judy R. James

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MRI protocols are instruction sheets that radiology technologists use in routine clinical practice for guidance (e.g., slice position, acquisition parameters etc.). In Mayo Clinic Arizona (MCA), there are over 900 MR protocols (ranging across neuro, body, cardiac, breast etc.) which makes maintaining and updating the protocol instructions a labor intensive effort. The task is even more challenging given different vendors (Siemens, GE etc.). This is a universal problem faced by all the hospitals and/or medical research institutions. To increase the efficiency of the MR practice, we designed and implemented a web-based platform (eProtocol) to automate the management of MRI protocols. It is built upon a database that automatically extracts protocol information from DICOM compliant images and provides a user-friendly interface to the technologists to create, edit and update the protocols. Advanced operations such as protocol migrations from scanner to scanner and capability to upload Multimedia content were also implemented. To the best of our knowledge, eProtocol is the first MR protocol automated management tool used clinically. It is expected that this platform will significantly improve the radiology operations efficiency including better image quality and exam consistency, fewer repeat examinations and less acquisition errors. These protocols instructions will be readily available to the technologists during scans. In addition, this web-based platform can be extended to other imaging modalities such as CT, Mammography, and Interventional Radiology and different vendors for imaging protocol management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2017
Subtitle of host publicationImaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
EditorsTessa S. Cook, Jianguo Zhang
ISBN (Electronic)9781510607217
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventMedical Imaging 2017: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications - Orlando, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2017Feb 16 2017

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE


OtherMedical Imaging 2017: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Informatics
  • MRI
  • Platform
  • Protocol report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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