A framework for improving radiology reporting

J Am Coll Radiol. 2005 Feb;2(2):159-67. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2004.06.015.


The interpretative reports rendered by radiologists are the only tangible manifestation of their expertise, training, and experience. These documents are very often the primary means by which radiologists provide patient care. Radiology reports are extremely variable in form, content, and quality. The authors propose a framework for conceptualizing the reporting process and how it might be improved. This consists of standard language, a structured format, and consistent content. These attributes will be realized by modifying the clinical reporting process, including the creation, storage, transmission, and review of interpretative documents. The authors also point out that changes in training and evaluation must be a part of the process, because they are complementary to purely technical solutions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Documentation / methods*
  • Medical History Taking / methods*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Radiology / organization & administration*
  • Radiology Information Systems / organization & administration*
  • United States