For reviewed CT exams (from review to dictation) of complex cancer cases, the average time saved using the Sectra Lesion Tracking (SLT) tool was 15.4 minutes per case, and an additional 3 minutes were saved when measured from review to sign-off. The authors concluded that the time savings were higher than expected. SLT resulted, “without a doubt”, in increased efficiency in reviews as well as better diagnostic quality.
The time savings were calculated by estimating the time it took to perform manual lesion measurements and lesion progress comparisons, and then subtracting the time it took to perform the same task with SLT. On average, the time without SLT was 44.6 minutes, and with SLT 29.2 minutes.
In terms of quality, the SLT tool was determined to provide better-quality results for the referring physicians.
All participating radiologists agreed that the SLT tool increased their efficiency and were in favor of acquiring the software.