Recently there has been a considerable number of studies investigating the satisfaction of referring clinicians with radiology reports.
Most studies show that in general,
clinicians have a strong preference for structured reports.
Overall they are more satisfied with itemized reports as these are perceived as more easily understandable and more complete contentwise. Although many efforts have been made to introduce structured reporting into clinical practice vendors failed to provide flexible...
Methods and materials
To facilitate coding the ZEND-framework was used. To this point our software acts as Template Manager and Report Creator as specified in the MRRT trial implementation.
This functionality can be seperated if needed,
as a modular approach was chosen.
Implemented functionality (as of Feb.
2015): import and storage of MRRT-compliant templates automated parsing and generation of MySQL-tables in the database creation of reporting worklists using a custom built DICOM-interface creation of specific reporting requests from external applications reporting storage of structured reports in MySQL-database viewing / export of reports (e.g.
for copying to RIS) modular architecture allowing for integration of other applications(e.g.
Structured reporting could be crucial for the future of radiology.
Not only would referring clinicians be more satisfied and value the work of radiologists more but also would it enable building large,
well-organized and easily searchable databases of radiology reports for the use in research and teaching. Other possible use cases could include real-time population-health statistics (e.g.
rate of occurence of pulmonary embolism in outpatients with specific Wells-Scores,