Applying a structured innovation process to interventional radiology: a single-center experience

J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2012 Apr;23(4):488-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jvir.2011.12.029.


Purpose: To determine the feasibility and efficacy of applying an established innovation process to an active academic interventional radiology (IR) practice.

Materials and methods: The Stanford Biodesign Medical Technology Innovation Process was used as the innovation template. Over a 4-month period, seven IR faculty and four IR fellow physicians recorded observations. These observations were converted into need statements. One particular need relating to gastrostomy tubes was diligently screened and was the subject of a single formal brainstorming session.

Results: Investigators collected 82 observations, 34 by faculty and 48 by fellows. The categories that generated the most observations were enteral feeding (n = 9, 11%), biopsy (n = 8, 10%), chest tubes (n = 6, 7%), chemoembolization and radioembolization (n = 6, 7%), and biliary interventions (n = 5, 6%). The output from the screening on the gastrostomy tube need was a specification sheet that served as a guidance document for the subsequent brainstorming session. The brainstorming session produced 10 concepts under three separate categories.

Conclusions: This formalized innovation process generated numerous observations and ultimately 10 concepts to potentially to solve a significant clinical need, suggesting that a structured process can help guide an IR practice interested in medical innovation.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Radiology, Interventional / methods*
  • Radiology, Interventional / trends*