Integration of imaging signs into RadLex

J Digit Imaging. 2012 Feb;25(1):50-5. doi: 10.1007/s10278-011-9386-x.


Imaging signs form an important part of the language of radiology, but are not represented in established lexicons. We sought to incorporate imaging signs into RSNA's RadLex® ontology of radiology terms. Names of imaging signs and their definitions were culled from books, journal articles, dictionaries, and biomedical web sites. Imaging signs were added into RadLex as subclasses of the term "imaging sign," which was defined in RadLex as a subclass of "imaging observation." A total of 743 unique imaging signs were added to RadLex with their 392 synonyms to yield a total of 1,135 new terms. All included definitions and related RadLex terms, including imaging modality, anatomy, and disorder, when appropriate. The information will allow RadLex users to identify imaging signs by modality (e.g., ultrasound signs) and to find all signs related to specific pathophysiology. The addition of imaging signs to RadLex augments its use to index the radiology literature, create and interpret clinical radiology reports, and retrieve relevant cases and images.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval*
  • Radiology Information Systems / standards*
  • Unified Medical Language System
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*