Structured reporting in neuroradiology

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Dec;980:259-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2002.tb04902.x.


We have developed a system to structure free-text neuroradiology reports using a natural language processing program and formatted the output into the digital image and communication in medicine (DICOM) standard for structured reporting (SR). DICOM SR formats the correspondence of pertinent diagnostic images to the radiologist's dictated report of clinical findings. In addition, DICOM SR allows the information to be organized into a tree structure. Individual nodes of the tree can contain individual items or lists. Structuring the content of free-text information allows the creation of hierarchies with defined relationships between the concepts contained within the report.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Documentation
  • Humans
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Nervous System / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography
  • Radiology Information Systems*