The motivation for the share was simple: the best scanner in the world running a poor protocol cannot produce images of good consistent quality. Our templates aim to capture all of the elements needed to produce a clinical medical imaging exam from patient prep to where to send the images and what reporting template to use to read them.
Once we have a sufficient number of protocols uploaded to the share, we will allow users to use existing protocols to build their own protocols. This is the concept published in a collection of articles published by the share's founder developed at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The concept is referred to as the "master protocol concept". By taking advantage of the similarity in protocols imaging the same body regions or looking for pathologies of the same size/contrast presentation, one can use the same protocol parameters for many fields across a wide range of protocols and scanners. This inherently promotes protocol uniformity. This is what the share is going to enable at a large scale.
Papers outlining the master protocol concept and how it enabled a more efficient method for protocol management include:
Szczykutowicz, Timothy P., et al. "A Wiki-Based Solution to Managing Your Institution’s Imaging Protocols." Journal of the American College of Radiology (2016).
Szczykutowicz, T. P., et al. "A Wiki Based CT Protocol Management System." Radiology management 37.6 (2014): 25-9.
Szczykutowicz, Timothy P., et al. "CT protocol management: simplifying the process by using a master protocol concept." Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 16.4 (2015).