Dr. Cree Gaskin, Vice-Chair of Informatics and Director of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention at UVA Radiology and Medical Imaging, discussed his efforts to bring interactive, multimedia-enhanced radiology reports to UVA Health System with Diagnostic World. At most institutions, radiology reports only feature plain text, which may take longer to understand in the case of complex findings, and which increases the risk of confusion for referring providers when reviewing subtle imaging findings described in the reports.
Under Dr. Gaskin’s leadership, UVA is now one of just a few institutions in the U.S. offering radiology reports with hyperlinks that take readers directly to the referenced images. UVA radiologists can easily create interactive reports with minimal training, said Dr. Gaskin, and in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Gaskin and his colleagues showed that 49% of PET/CT reports, 26% of CT reports and 11% of MRI reports created by UVA physicians, residents and fellows now include hyperlinks to referenced images.
Other studies suggest that enriched reports may have positive implications for patient outcomes, and Gaskin hopes that they lead to fewer phone calls and emails from referring physicians seeking more information or explanation of findings. Gaskin is also optimistic about the future application of artificial intelligence to radiology reporting.