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Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan;25(1):66-73. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2017.08.005. Epub 2017 Oct 10.

Structured Reporting in Radiology.

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1473, Houston, TX 77030-4009. Electronic address:
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences Diagnostic Radiology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Postgraduate Medical Education, Admissions and Evaluation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Education, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Department of Radiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging, The University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado.
Department of Radiology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.
Department of Radiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
Department of Radiology, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri.
Radiology and Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Radiology reports are vital for patient care as referring physicians depend upon them for deciding appropriate patient management. Traditional narrative reports are associated with excessive variability in the language, length, and style, which can minimize report clarity and make it difficult for referring clinicians to identify key information needed for patient care. Structured reporting has been advocated as a potential solution for improving the quality of radiology reports. The Association of University Radiologists-Radiology Research Alliance Structured Reporting Task Force convened to explore the current and future role of structured reporting in radiology and summarized its finding in this article. We review the advantages and disadvantages of structured radiology reports and discuss the current prevailing sentiments among radiologists regarding structured reports. We also discuss the obstacles to the use of structured reports and highlight ways to overcome some of those challenges. We also discuss the future directions in radiology reporting in the era of personalized medicine.


Radiology; patient care; patient-centered radiology; research; structured reports

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