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Optimizing MRI logistics

By Dr K Beker & Dr KJ Mortele

From the patient ‘s point of view, MRI departments are frequently characterized by long waiting periods, while from the hospital’s point of view, the actual use of the MR imaging system itself in the overall process cycle. is often suboptimal. This article summarizes the results of a recent paper describing the application of “Lean” analysis techniques to MRI
logistics. (“Lean” analyses were first developed for the analysis of Japanese car production processes in the late 1980s).

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