St. John Medical Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The 721-bed St. John Medical Center is the hub of a growing health system that includes four other hospitals. The health system operates eight FFDM systems at four facilities and performs 30,000 diagnostic and screening exams a year. Almost all of the system’s diagnostic and screening exams are read on four CARESTREAM breast imaging workstations at the main hospital’s central reading area.

Workstations purchased with the FFDM systems were initially used for reading but problems quickly developed, according to PACS Administrator Rick Adams. “These workstations didn’t allow reading from other modalities or integration of voice recognition software and could only store a few days of data in their hard drives, despite a hardware upgrade. In a word, they were ineffective.”

St. John began evaluating multi-modality workstationsthat would deliver a smooth workflow for all breast imaging modalities. Two vendors conducted workstation demonstrations at the hospital. “Carestream Health demonstrated the advanced functionality we were looking for—while the other vendor promised that they would deliver these features if we bought it. So it was an easy decision and we have not been disappointed,” Adams said.

Productivity gains offered by the workstation can be both immediate and dramatic, according to Adams. “Carestream Health’s workstation is extremely welldesigned. It is easy to use but offers all the tools needed for reading of breast exams. After just 30 days, our radiologists were reporting a 20 percent increase in reading volumes.”

A key element in this productivity gain is the workstation’s ability to be integrated with third-party CAD systems for both MR and FFDM, Adams adds.

“This workstation is designed for easy integration with other platforms. That is critical to achieving an efficient digital workflow in a high-volume environment like ours.”