Improving patient access in nuclear medicine: A case Study of PET scanner scheduling

Yariv N. Marmor, Bradley J. Kemp, Todd R. Huschka, Royce L. Ruter, Daniel M. McConnell, Thomas R. Rohleder

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We used the systems engineering technique of discrete event simulation modeling to assist in increasing patient access to positron emission tomographic examinations in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. The model was used to determine the best universal slot length to address the specific access challenges of a destination medical center such as Mayo Clinic. On the basis of the modeling, a new schedule was implemented in April 2012 and our before and after data analysis shows an increase of 2.4 scans per day. This was achieved without requiring additional resources or negatively affecting patient waiting, staff satisfaction (as evaluated by day length), or examination quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-305
Number of pages13
JournalQuality Management in Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013



  • appointment scheduling
  • nuclear medicine
  • patient access
  • PET scans
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Health(social science)
  • Leadership and Management

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Marmor, Y. N., Kemp, B. J., Huschka, T. R., Ruter, R. L., McConnell, D. M., & Rohleder, T. R. (2013). Improving patient access in nuclear medicine: A case Study of PET scanner scheduling. Quality Management in Health Care, 22(4), 293-305.