Radiologists Spend Third of Time Reading Images

by User Not Found | Nov 01, 2013
Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver recently published a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology stating that radiologists only spend 36.4% of their time reading images.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver recently published a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology stating that radiologists only spend 36.4% of their time reading images. Dr. Deljit Dhanoa and his team had trained observers follow 14 staff radiologists in 3 different hospital settings in the fall of 2012. Only diagnostic radiologists were included in the study. The observations lasted approximately 154 hours over 20 days and began at 8:00am and ended between 4:00pm and 5:00pm daily.

“It is a generally perceived notion that radiologists spend most of their working day in a dark room interpreting images. Although, this may have been an accurate perception in the past, the role of the modern radiologist has evolved to provide more than image-interpretation service.”, wrote Dhanoa.

The other 43.8% of the radiologists’ day in the study consisted of supervising and monitoring studies, image-guided procedures, teaching house staff, attending meetings, consulting with physicians and direct patient care. Time developing protocols for study requests accounted for 12.7% of their day and 7.1% was personal time. The total clinical time spent was 87.7% of their day. Clinical productivity was difficult to determine since most radiologists average 6 interruptions an hour.

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