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New mammography module improves Danish mammography screening administration

Carestream Health : 15 July, 2008  (Application Story)
A new mammography module for the Kodak Carestream Radiology Information System (RIS) has been installed to improve mammography screening administration in three of Denmark’s five regions.
Development work on the innovative module was initiated by Ringsted Sygehus in the Sjaelland Region, following a successful bid for Government funding to finance the project.

Carestream Health worked closely with radiologists and administration personnel at Ringsted Sygehus to develop unique mammography RIS applications, including double blind reading functionality and customised order entry. The RIS can easily be configured to enable the extraction of statistical data for workflow analysis, research and improved administration such as participation rates, number of detected carcinomas, tumour size, false positives and false negatives. The capability for real-time web conferencing also facilitates case discussions and is of particular benefit in achieving multiple radiologist consensus.

Since development, the module is also now installed at Rigshospitalet/Herlev in Hovedstaden Region and Arhus Sygehus in Midtjylland Region, with all three regions managing 60 percent of all mammography screening in Denmark.

As part of the screening process, each region handles around 80,000 women annually, taking four mammograms of each patient. European guidelines stipulate that each image must be read independently by two radiologists, and in the case of disagreement, a third. The new double blind reading functionality of the RIS mammography module streamlines this process improving workflow and productivity.

Phase two of the project is currently in progress and scheduled for delivery in July 2008. This involves development of a ‘Patient Portal’, which will allow women to change an inconvenient appointment and reschedule online, with the RIS automatically updating the new appointment details. This development is also proving of interest to the Icelandic Cancer Society, where Carestream Health won a mammography screening order in December 2007.

In Iceland, women are given the opportunity to participate in the programme rather than directly invited, with the onus on them to instigate an appointment. The ability to book and reschedule online is therefore very important in encouraging women to attend screening.

'I am thrilled about the specific development of the RIS mammography module and double blind reading, as it perfectly configures to our workflow,” said Dr Nikolaj Borg Mogensen, chief mammography radiologist for the Sjaelland Region. “The forthcoming web module where women can change their scheduled times over the Internet will also increase our performance. We feel that we are helping Carestream Health to build the best RIS on the market.'
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