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Armbruster, Marco; Gassenmaier, Sebastian; Haack, Mareike; Reiter, Maximilian; Noerenberg, Dominik; Henzler, Thomas; Sommer, Nora N.; Sommer, Wieland H.; Braun, Franziska (2018): Structured reporting in petrous bone MRI examinations: impact on report completeness and quality. In: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Vol. 13, No. 12: pp. 1971-1980
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Abstract

PurposeTo investigate whether structured reports (SRs) provide benefits regarding the completeness and the clarity of reports, as well as regarding the satisfaction of the referring physicians compared to narrative freetext reports (NRs) of MRI examinations of the petrous bone. Methods: After sample size calculation, 32 patients with clinically indicated MRI examinations of the petrous bone were included in this retrospective study. The already existing NRs were taken from the radiologic information system. The corresponding SRs were retrospectively generated by two radiologists using an online-based application. All 64 reports (one NR and one SR per patient) were evaluated by two head and neck physicians using a questionnaire.Results: While 41% of the SRs showed no missing report key feature, all NRs exhibited at least one missing key feature (p<0.001). SRs achieved significantly higher satisfaction rates regarding the linguistic quality and overall report quality compared to NRs: Using a 6-point Likert scale (1=insufficient to 6=excellent), SRs were rated with a median value of 6 [interquartile range (IQR): 1] for linguistic as well as overall quality, and NRs were rated with a median of 5 (IQR: 0) for linguistic as well as overall quality (p<0.001).Conclusion: sStructured reporting of petrous bone MRI examinations may positively influence the completeness and quality of radiologic reports. Due to the easier readability and facilitation of information extraction, SRs improve the satisfaction level of the referring physicians.