By Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Huppertz
Radiology imaging is almost entirely digitized, yet the outcome of the whole radiology process -- the report -- is still reliant on free-text dictation, a process that has changed little over the last 50 years.
In my opinion, our reports should be measured on the quality of the facts they present and not on semantics and gradation. Radiology reporting must evolve from the free-text narrative dictation that has changed little since the early days of radiology, in my opinion a "report 1.0."
We need to instill radiology reporting with our best understanding of the complexities of modern imaging and part ways with the working methods that stand in the way of making progress. Therefore, we need to adopt tools that best interface with our evolving IT environment and meet the expectations of referring physicians who demand high-quality reports that are concise and to the point.
The concept of structured reporting has been highlighted in the radiology literature as a process that will minimize ambiguity and increase robustness of the data through standardization of the parameters of data collection. Ideally, standard data generated through structured reporting should lead to increased comparability of results, efficient data analysis, and big-data learning. We must modernize reporting so it actively contributes to the generation of meaningful and usable data.
The objections to the philosophy of structured reporting (a reporting 2.0) have been directed at the template-heavy, time-consuming, and inflexible solutions that have been proposed thus far. I believe the best path forward is the concept of "guided reporting." It is for this reason that I founded Neo Q: to create and deliver radiology reporting 3.0 -- RadioReport.
RadioReport and its innovative, guided reporting philosophy modernizes reporting to a new level, bringing with it new opportunities for the efficient delivery of findings in a structured and standardized format.
Neo Q started developing RadioReport by examining the thought processes of radiologists -- creating the foundations for a faster, better, and easier reporting process. Thanks to anatomy-driven modules, an innovative select-and-move-on working method, inbuilt plausibility checks, and standardized referenced nomenclature, all reporting staff enjoy significantly reduced reporting time compared with traditional methods, while generating structured reports of consistent quality.
Another key advantage of the RadioReport design is the simplicity by which it can be integrated into a customer's existing RIS/PACS infrastructure. These factors result in a highly intuitive and usable product that brings radiology reporting for MRI and CT examinations into the digital age, truly spearheading the digital transformation.
See how guided reporting will redefine radiology by visiting the RadioReport RSNA 2021 portal.
Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Huppertz is a board-certified radiologist and founder and CEO of Neo Q.
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