Neck Imaging Reporting and Data System

Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2018 Feb;26(1):51-62. doi: 10.1016/j.mric.2017.08.004. Epub 2017 Nov 6.


The Neck Imaging Reporting and Data System (NI-RADS) is a practical and clinically useful imaging surveillance template designed to guide appropriate imaging follow-up and next-management steps. This article is a practical guide for using NI-RADS to reduce report-generation time for radiologists and create useful reports for referring clinicians and patients. A review of the report template and legend is followed by a case-based and pictorial review of the proper assignment of NI-RADS categories.

Keywords: CT; Cancer surveillance; Contrast-enhanced computed tomography; Head and neck cancer; Imaging; NI-RADS; PET/CT; Radiology; Squamous cell carcinoma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Neck / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiology Information Systems*