The evolution of radiology through product and process innovation
Author(s)Revelos, Alex D
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.
James M. Utterback.
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Grounded in visual perception and observation, the tools and techniques used by radiologist are used for both screening and diagnostic purposes throughout the continuum of patient care. Despite the overwhelmingly positive impact that-radiology has played in just over a century, the medical specialty is facing significant challenges such as declining reimbursements and an avalanche of new imaging data. The basic challenge to increase productivity and reduce costs is not necessarily new. In fact, scholars have long observed patterns of successful innovation that contribute to the pace, direction, and progress of many industries. This thesis explores the evolution of radiology through product and process innovation. Special attention is given to the role of labor and equipment specialization in reducing the number of steps while increasing productivity. An analysis of contemporary industry indicators such as residency program application rates and image volumes is presented in order to better understand the current climate of radiology. The goal of this study is to shed light on where the industry has come and where it stands, in order to provide clinicians, engineers, managers and entrepreneurs alike with action ideas to help bring in a new era in radiology.
Thesis: S.M. in Engineering and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, System Design and Management Program, Engineering and Management Program, February 2016.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-64).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering and Management Program.; System Design and Management Program.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engineering and Management Program., System Design and Management Program., Engineering Systems Division.