Evaluation of Radiology Reports by the Emergency Department Clinical Providers: A Message to Radiologists

Waleed Abdellatif, Jeffrey Ding, Abdelmohsen Radwan Hussien, Ali Hussain, Shahin Shirzad, Max F. Ryan, Siobhan B. O’Neill, Bruce B. Forster, Savvas Nicolaou

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Objectives: This study is an evaluation of the emergency department (ED) satisfaction with the current radiologic reporting system used at a major Northeastern academic medical center. The radiology reports are the main form of communication and usually the final product of any radiological investigation delivered to clinicians. The aim of this study was to improve current radiology reporting practices and to better tailor reports to match the needs and expectations of ED clinicians. Methods: A 9-question online survey was sent to ED residents, fellows, faculty, and nurse practitioners/advanced practice providers at a major Northeastern academic medical center in the United States. For the open-ended section, coding and emergent theme categorization was conducted for quantification of responses. The survey was designed to evaluate the attitudes toward the structure, style, form, and wording used in reports. Results: The response rate was 48.6% (68/140). The ED respondents were generally satisfied with radiology reports, their language, vocabulary, and clarity. They preferred the impression section to be before the findings in simple examinations and to stratify the reports according to emergency status for complex examinations. They did not like extended differential, hedge terms, and delayed reporting. Additionally, ED respondents recommended focused, fast reporting with considerable changes toward a more standardized report. Conclusions: This evaluation delivered a list of actionable recommendations. The top recommendation is to standardize reporting structure, style, and lexicon, in addition to being focused, timely, and brief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-540
Number of pages8
JournalCanadian Association of Radiologists Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • emergency physicians
  • imaging reports
  • interdisciplinary communication
  • medical education
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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