Multiple-criteria comparative analysis of magnetic resonance imaging systems

Authors: Ilya Ivlev, Josef Jablonsky, Peter Kneppo
Journal: International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics 8(2):124–141

Abstract: The value of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is its ability to visualise tissues non-invasively without exposing patients to radiation. Selecting an MRI system is difficult because of stakeholders’ differing interests, and the multidisciplinary nature of selection criteria should be taken as a function of time. The purpose of this study was to identify the most suitable MRI system for regional hospitals in the Czech Republic and to define the most appropriate multiple-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) model for medical equipment selection. Comparative modelling of various MCDA methods (AHP, TOPSIS, PROMETHEE II and SAW) was performed and three MRI systems recommended based on their default specifications. In addition, recommendations were provided about various MCDA methods used in medical equipment selection.

Keywords: multicriteria decision making; MCDM; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; PROMETHEE; TOPSIS; simple additive weighting; SAW; magnetic resonance imaging; MRI systems; medical devices; comparative analysis; MRI selection; regional hospitals; Czech Republic; heathcare technology; medical equipment selection.

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Ilya Ivlev completed his education at the Siberian State Medical University (2003-2009). He holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical and clinical technology from the Czech Technical University in Prague (2009-2014). Since 2012 he has worked as a instructor and research assistant at the Department of Biomedical Technology at Czech Technical University in Prague. As a instructor, he teaches courses in biostatistics, information sources and research methodology, information technology in health care, clinical registers and health care information sources, and quality & reliability for evaluation of medical devices at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He received grand prix at the fourth International Young Biomedical Engineers and Researchers Conference (YBERC 2010) (Kosice, Slovak Republic). He has published 2 monographs and more than 18 other publications dealing with MCDA, the problem of selecting of medical equipment, HTA, and bioinformatics.

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