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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
DescriptionA Thesis submitted to The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
AbstractStrategic use of medical imaging can improve healthcare quality and reinforce the practice of precision medicine by providing specific, individualized diagnostic information. Unfortunately, excessive radiologic scan duration times limit imaging center efficiency, leading to decreased patient satisfaction and heightened facility costs. A novel hepatobiliary scintigraphy protocol outlined by Verma et al. can be utilized with equivalent diagnostic ability to maximize scanner operation. The current study demonstrated multiple ways in which the new scintigraphy protocol can be optimized to increase imaging facility productivity. The models presented allow for customization based on facility preference and capability in order to decrease costs and generate revenue, while improving patient satisfaction.