Presentation of Grouped Procedures

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Presentation of Grouped Procedures (PGP) facilitates viewing and reporting on images for individual requested procedures (e.g. chest, abdomen, pelvis) that an operator has grouped into a single scan.


Patients sometimes have several orders placed (e.g. a head CT, a chest CT and an abdomen CT for a trauma patient). At the modality it is better for the patient, and more efficient to perform a single scan covering all three procedures. This profile specifies how reporting and billing can proceed properly for each of the three orders based on a subset of images.

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Enhanced Workflow

  • One Image acquisition, multiple reports
  • Simplifies Images acquired once for multiple procedures
  • Flexibility for acquisition workflow optimization
  • Flexibility to impove Patient confort
  • less radiation dose necessary

Enhanced Softcopy Interpretation

  • maintains record of source as single set of images
  • flexibility to access images softcopy record for optimal reporting
  • consistant linkage between images acquired and images reported


The Presentation of Grouped Procedures Integration Profile (PGP) addresses what is sometimes referred to as the linked studies problem: viewing image subsets resulting from a single acquisition with each image subset related to a different requested procedure (e.g. CT chest, abdomen and pelvis).

Presentation of Grouped Procedures (PGP) provides a mechanism for facilitating viewing images and reporting on individual Requested Procedures that have been fulfilled by a single Performed Procedure Step acquisition. The imaging operator often will group procedures for the sake of acquisition efficiency and patient comfort.

A referring physician or General Practicioner provides a set of individual orders all requiring the same modality that could be acquired while doing the same study. Rathar than aquiring each image set seperatly, the operator choses to group the procedures and acquire the image set in a single study. The classic example of this grouped study is a CT chest, CT abdomen and CT pelvis scan. Note that individually there could be a total of 250 images assocoated with these procedures with 40% overlap of images acquired. By grouping requested procedures to an image acquisition of a single scan, the need for the additional scanning for acuiring the overlapping images has been elliminated.

For each requested procedure, a subset of acquired images are linked. The linking association to the individual procedure is created at the modality either as part of the acquisition planning or post acquisition as part of the Quality Assurance process.

The link association of images to the individual requested procedures is though the combined usage of the Modality Performed Procedure Step (MPPS) and Grey Scale Presentation State (GSPS). The GSPS contains the manifest of images and how to present the images on a display. The MPPS provides the linkage of the GSPS to the individual procedure step.

A reading physician may now use the linked study created by the technologist to facilitate viewing and interpreting the grouped images as seperate image sets. This facilitates interpretation as well as reviewing the relevant subset of prior images.

Systems Affected

Systems involved in this profile are:

  • Radiology departmental information systems that manage department scheduling (i.e., radiology information system (RIS))
  • Radiology image management/archiving (i.e., picture archiving and communication system (PACS))
  • Acquisition modalities

Actors & Transactions:



Profile Status: Final Text


Underlying Standards:

See Also

Related Profiles

This profile is dependent upon the following Integration Profiles

  • Scheduled Workflow (SWF) - the image and evidence results of the SWF, Grouped Case, serve as input for the this profile
  • Consistent Presentation of Images (CPI) - Provides for the manifest of images and preserves the appearance of images and their transformations optimized for presentation of the individula procedure.

Related Profiles

  • Evidence Documents (ED) - serves as input.