Approaching the Practice Quality Improvement Project in Interventional Radiology

Stephen P. Reis, Benjamin White, Patrick D. Sutphin, Anil K. Pillai, Sanjeeva P. Kalva, Seth M. Toomay

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An important component of maintenance of certification and quality improvement in radiology is the practice quality improvement (PQI) project. In this article, the authors describe several methodologies for initiating and completing PQI projects. Furthermore, the authors illustrate several tools that are vital in compiling, analyzing, and presenting data in an easily understandable and reproducible manner. Last, they describe two PQI projects performed in an interventional radiology division that have successfully improved the quality of care for patients. Using the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) quality improvement framework, interventional radiology throughput has been increased, to lessen mediport wait times from 43 to 8 days, and mediport infection rates have decreased from more than 2% to less than 0.4%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
StateAccepted/In press - 2015


  • ABR
  • Practice quality improvement project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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