The Boxplot by Scanner report compares data between scanners within a single facility or across multiple facilities.
You can access the Boxplot By Scanner report by selecting the CT Standardized Dose Index report from the Interactive Reports menu, then clicking the Boxplot by Scanner tab.
Select at least one Corporate Account and click Apply to generate the boxplot. By default, the report filters are set to retrieve exams for all facilities with study dates occurring within the current month for all RPIDs and scanners.
Use the report filters and parameters to refine the data in the chart.
DIR Measure selects the Dose index type (CTDIvol, DLP, or SSDE) to be displayed using either the maximum value across scans or total for the exam. Maximum and total values are equal for single-scan exams.
Use the Exam Dates From and To filters to refine the search time period. By default, the filters are set to query data for the past 30 days.
Query by determines whether the RPID / Study description filter displays standardized RPID exam names or the facility’s Study Descriptions.
Body Part restricts the RPID / Study filter to exams for the specified body part(s).
RPID / Study Description lists the available RPIDs or Study Descriptions, as determined by the Query by parameter setting.
Note: DIR statistics are available only when Query by is set to RPID because Study Descriptions are not standardized and cannot be aggregated across DIR facilities.
Scanner Aggregation Level determines whether to aggregate scanner data in the chart by device name, model, or manufacturer.
The following example shows the distribution of measures by the scanner for brain CTs, without contrast using the following criteria:
DIR Measure: CTDIvol Max across scans
Exam Dates From 1/1/2020 to 4/20/2020
Query by: RPID
RPID: CT HEAD BRN WO IVCON (RPID266)
The report shows boxplots for each of the scanners meeting the filter criteria. The Facility Exam Count table lists the number of exams, by age group, and the Registry Statistics table shows the comparison statistics for the entire DIR. The Scanner Statistics table shows the number of exams and minimum, maximum, and median values for the selected measure. Scanner statistics are color-coded in red indicating the largest values within each column. The File Type for each exam is indicated by color, with blue for RDSRs and red for Secondary Captures. Clicking on the File Type legend highlights the exams for that type in the chart, helping to highlight patterns. Changing the Scanner Aggregation parameter from Device to Model may provide a more useful comparison by aggregating data to the model level, as different scanner models may require different dose levels to obtain the same quality diagnostic image. Because dosage often varies by patient size, we can also further restrict the data by age group to identify any outliers. For example, we can select the 15 - 18y age group using the Age Group filter or by clicking on the 15 - 18y row in the Facility Exam Count table.
In the above example, one scanner model appears to be an outlier for the age group and exam compared to the DIR 75th percentile. Additional information is available for each plotted data point by hovering over it with the cursor.