Interactive Diagram-based Reporting of Bone Scintigraphy

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WY Ho, WH Ma

Hong Kong J Radiol 2018;21:171-7

DOI: 10.12809/hkjr1816867

Objective: Rapid development of information technology has facilitated routine use of structured reporting systems in clinical settings. These reporting systems commonly employ checkboxes, radio buttons, text boxes, and pick lists for data entry. In bone scintigraphy, each of the >200 bones that compose the human skeleton is of potential interest. Therefore, it is impractical to select from a long list containing all possible anatomical sites for reporting. This study aimed to develop an application for reporting metastatic bone disease by clicking on a diagram of a human skeleton, and to devise a simple method to input the report to the Radiology Information System (RIS).
Methods: The template contains a human skeleton diagram for input of the anatomical sites of lesions. Radio buttons allow the user to select among metastasis, degeneration and trauma/fracture as the pathology of a lesion. Optional activation of the compare mode allows the user to specify the metastatic lesions as new, progressed, stable, improved or resolved. A text report can be automatically generated for input into the RIS.
Results: The template was developed using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and compiled as a stand-alone Windows application, running simultaneously with the RIS. Reports in conventional narrative report format can be generated using mouse clicks only.
Conclusion: Use of a diagram circumvents the limitations of templated reporting for complex anatomy.


Author affiliation(s):
WY Ho, WH Ma: Nuclear Medicine Unit, Department of Radiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong







結果:使用Microsoft Visual Studio 2008開發模板,並編譯為獨立的Windows應用程式,與RIS同時運行。只透過鼠標點擊生成傳統敘述報告格式的報告。