Reporting and Dictation

  • David L. Weiss
  • Peter R. Bolos


Since the discovery of the X-ray in 1896 radiology reporting has changed very little until the past decade. Very early reports were typed or handwritten by the radiologist. Later, reports were dictated into a recording device and later transcribed to text. Most reports were in prose format. Fewer were in a list or itemized configuration. There has been recent renewed interest in other reporting techniques. Speech recognition has been available for a number of years and has become more prevalent, albeit controversial, in the past decade. Although structured reporting has been available for a number of years, it is not widespread in radiology practice.


Speech Recognition Unify Medical Language System Structure Reporting Speech Recognition System Teaching File 
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© Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Weiss
    • 1
  • Peter R. Bolos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCarilion ClinicRoanokeUSA
  2. 2.Geisinger Medical CenterDanvilleUSA

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