Evidence-based guideline for the written radiology report: methods, recommendations and implementation challenges

Stacy Kellan Goergen, Felicity Poole, Tari Joy Turner, Jane Grimme, Mark N Appleyard, Carmel Crock, Michael Collingwood Fahey, Michael Fay, Nicholas J Ferris, Susan M Liew, Richard D Perry, Ann Revell, Grant Mervyn Russell, Shih-chang SC Wang, Chris J Wriedt

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The written radiology report is the dominant method by which radiologists communicate the results of diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures. It has an important impact on decisions about further investigation and management. Its form and content can be influential in reducing harm to patients and mitigating risk for practitioners but varies markedly with little standardisation in practice. Until now, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has not had a guideline for the written report. International guidelines on this subject are not evidence based and lack description of development methods. The current guideline seeks to improve the quality of the written report by providing evidence-based recommendations for good practice. The following attributes of the report are addressed by recommendations: Content Clinical information available to the radiologist at the time the report was created Technical details of the procedure Examination quality and limitations Findings (both normal and abnormal) Comparison with previous studies Pathophysiological diagnosis Differential diagnoses Clinical correlation and/or answer to the clinical question Recommendations, particularly for further imaging and other investigations Conclusion/opinion/impression Format Length Format Language Confidence and certainty Clarity Readability Accuracy Communication of discrepancies between an original verbal or written report and the final report Proofreading/editing of own and trainee reports ? 2012 The RANZCR?. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology ? 2012 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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