Martina Martins, MD tells us about her experience with optimizing her radiology workflow using our product Quantib® Prostate.


The way of working at Swiss International Prostate Center

Dr. Martins and her team (formed by 4 radiologists), read an average of 35 prostate MRIs a week, which brings the total average to about 1500 exams a year. A number that is rapidly increasing due to the change in guidelines for PCa diagnosis published by the EAU (European Association of Urology) and the ACR (American College of Radiology).

Additionally, Dr. Martins and her team designed a workflow that allows them to offer the best quality of care to their patients. However, this workflow includes a double reading of each scan, which doubles the time spent per case.

Dr. Martins' main challenges

Due to the increasing volume of scans and their current time consuming workflow, the radiology reports needed by the urologists get delayed. Producing an excellent report with figures, resumes, images and a conclusion based on the expertise of the radiologists takes a lot of time, even with the help of the IT team.

More importantly, reducing the interpretation time of prostate MRI is key for dedicating more time to the actual patients which is essential for Dr. Martins to personalise each case in order to achieve the best care possible. 

Therefore, in order to reduce the reading time required to interpret all exams and produce rigorous reports that are complete and easy to understand by the urologist, Dr. Martins decided to look for a solution to support their prostate MRI reading process.

"For me it was crucial to find a solution that reduced the assessment time of my patient scans so I can have more quality time for patients and personalized discussion during MDTs" said Dr. Martins. 

Introducing Quantib® Prostate to reduce workload 

After reading about Quantib online, dr. Martins met our team for a presentation and a demo of Quantib® Prostate. She was eager to start working with the solution from the get-go as it met all her must-have criteria: the interface of the software is very intuitive and easy to use, and the solution showed great potential to reduce the overall time it takes to read every prostate MRI exam.

After she started working with the solution, she found that the AI that powers the analyses helps her double check her assessments and supports further checks of other areas of the prostate that could show pathological findings.

She finds that the AI that powers the solutions helps her confirm her assessments and further check other areas of the prostate that could present some pathology. 

Moreover, the report generated by Quantib® Prostate includes everything she wishes to incorporate in a report. She also finds that the colored representations of the lesions are a valuable addition to the report that increases the readability of the document. 

"Our interaction with Quantib was very professional but, at the same time, familiar. We deeply appreciated that because, for us, the human aspect is very important", Dr. Martins said. 

The clinical impact of Quantib® Prostate

Although the team is only in the first phase of the process when it comes to using the Quantib® Prostate solution, Dr. Martins is excited about how representative the images and schematizations are. Besides that, she is very enthusiastic about the quality of results the software delivers and she has confirmed that the segmentation of the gland performed by the AI software is better than the one they would get from the traditional manual procedure. 

Also, Dr. Martins believes the solution can support the training of radiologists and improve the learning experience, as well as facilitate the work of radiologists with vast experience in the field of prostate MRI.

The most valuable improvement can be found in the reduced time spent per scan that allows Dr. Martins and her team to cope with the increasing workload while maintaining the high quality standard of their workflow. This, in combination with a higher personalization of the cases and more time to attend multidisciplinary  discussions allows the team to provide their patients with a better diagnosis and care.  

"Quantib® Prostate helped me decrease my reporting times significantly, so I can get more cases done in a day. Additionally, the ease-of-use of Quantib® Prostate makes the software a joy to work with" said Dr. Martins.  


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