Plain text radiology reports have changed little in almost a century and their limitations compromise communication with referring clinicians and patients. Modern authoring tools and close EHR integration enable next-generation reporting systems to provide interactive multi-media reports; such reports include: live key image snapshots illustrating essential findings together with tabulated measurement and change information, all potentially hyperlinked to related web content; coupling of report text to locations shown in image viewing applications by the use of hyperlinks to bookmarks on the images; and instant collaboration tools launched directly from the report. Two academic medical centers share their successes and challenges during recent deployment of multimedia reports and describe the engagement of physicians making patient care decisions using the improved report content and format and their ability to share multimedia reports with patients.
Compare the different plain text and interactive multimedia styles of radiology report
Identify characteristics suitable for an interactive multimedia radiology report
Demonstrate the value of improved communication using multimedia reports
Assess the impact on workflow of more complex report authoring tools
Describe requirements to implement interactive radiology reports and integrate them with the EHR