Effects of Patient Demographics and Examination Factors on Patient Experience in Outpatient MRI Appointments

Parth Parikh, Molly Klanderman, Alyssa Teck, Jackie Kunzelman, Imon Banerjee, Dyan DeYoung, Amy Hara, Nelly Tan, Motoyo Yano

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Objective: The objective of this article is to describe the effects of patient demographics and examination factors on patient-reported experience in outpatient MRI examinations. Methods: This institutional review board–waived, HIPPA-compliant quality improvement study evaluated outpatient MRI appointments from March 2021 to January 2022 using a postappointment survey consisting of a 5-point emoji scale and text-based feedback. Patient demographics and examination information were extracted from electronic medical records. Ratings ≤ 3 were categorized as negative, and ratings ≥ 4 were categorized as positive. Continuous variables were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test, and categorical variables were analyzed using the Fisher's exact test. A P value less than .05 was considered significant. A natural language processing algorithm was trained and validated to categorize patient feedback. Results: A total of 3,636 patients responded to the survey. Positive ratings had a higher proportion of male respondents compared with negative ratings (47.9% versus 37.0%, P = .004). Examination characteristics were also grouped by positive or negative rating. Patients who endured longer examination time (median 54.0 min versus 44.0 min, P < .001) and longer wait time after check-in (median 61.6 min versus 46.2 min, P < .001) were more likely to give negative ratings. The most common themes of free text feedback included excellent service (84.3%), on-time service (8.4%), and comfortable intravenous line placement (0.4%). Most common negative feedback included long wait times (10.5%), poor communication (8.4%), and physical discomfort during the examination (4.2%). Conclusion: Male gender, short examination duration, and on-time start were associated with positive patient ratings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-608
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2024


  • Experience
  • MRI
  • patient
  • quality
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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