The conventional method of reporting has its weak points

It may feel as though so-called “free-text dictation” takes up very little time. However, studies show that an MRI report takes an average of 17.4 minutes to dictate.1 These days, examination times in the scanner are significantly shorter than the reporting times.

Apart from the time problem, there’s also a problem with duality. Studies reveal high variability between individual radiologists for the same diagnostic images.2

What’s more, referring physicians complain that classic dictated reports are not always satisfactory.3 Efficient data analyses are not possible due to a lack of standardization.

"Guided Reporting" – the mapping of thought processes

The key to the development of Guided Reporting was the idea of analyzing and digitally mapping the thought patterns of experienced radiologists. The resulting software is designed to simplify and accelerate the reporting process by providing as many practical aids as possible. At the same time, the software is supposed to benefit both beginners and experienced specialists.

Guided Reporting works something like a virtual interview partner, taking the radiologist in an uninterrupted flow along a practically perfect decision pathway to the final conclusion. Throughout the process, the radiologist is guided by precise information, graphic selection tools and required fields. The result is a complete, structured and standardized report written in clear, concise language that can be printed out with a mouse click.

  1. Gewan. LA„. MacDonald. S.L. and Floyd. RA. (2013). Measuring redioiogist reporting times. Joumal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Dncolo-gv. 57: 558—565. dei:1D.1fl1/1?54-9485.12092
  2. Herzog R et al. Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers performing lumbar spine MRI examinations on the same patient within a 3-week period. Spine J. 2017;17(4):554–561. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.11.009.
  3. Sahni VA et al. Impact of a Structured Report Template on the Quality of MRI Reports for Rectal Cancer Staging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015;205(3):584–588. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.14053.